National Legislation and Treaties Relating to the Law of the Sea

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This volume, prepared by the Division for the Development and Codification of International Law of the Legal Department of the Secretariat of the United Nations, is the eighteenth in the United Nations Legislative Series, a systematic collection of those national legislative texts which deal with matters of international concern and constitute evidence of the practice of States in the field of international law. The purpose of this series is to fill a gap in international documentation by gathering together materials which are at present widely scattered and often difficult of access. The preparation of such a collection has been advocated by many official and unofficial bodies, and was recommended by the International Law Commission in its report of 29 July 1950. The content of this volume concerns the regime of the high seas, one of the three topics selected by the International Law Commission for early codification.

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Introduction (English)

In two notes dated 8 March 1973 and 29 May 1974, the Secretary-General requested Governments to provide the texts of legislation or treaties recently adopted or concluded, so as to bring up to date the information previously transmitted and contained in the volumes on the law of the sea printed in the United Nations Legislative Series’. This was done in order to provide as complete and up-to-date information as possible for the participants in the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea.

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