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Prof. John Moore

Mr. John Norton Moore
Director and Walter L. Brown
Professor of Law
Center for Oceans Law and Policy
Center for National Security Law University of Virginia School of Law

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Law of the Sea
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: One of the Greatest Achievements in the International Rule of Law

The Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18 November 2015, is the fifth in a series of Memorial Lectures intended to commemorate Professor Rosenne’s unique contribution to the development of international law and its practice.


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Law of the Sea
United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: One of the Greatest Achievements in the International Rule of Law
A. Legal Instruments

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, Geneva, 29 April 1958, United Nations, Treaty Seriesvol. 516, p. 205.

Convention on the Continental Shelf, Geneva, 29 April 1958, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 499, p. 311.

Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Vienna, 23 May 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1155, p. 331.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Montego Bay, 10 December 1982, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1833, p.3.

Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, New York, 4 August 1995, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2167, p. 3.

B. Jurisprudence
C. Documents

Speech by Ambassador Arvid Pardo, “Common Heritage of Mankind”, United Nations General Assembly, First Committee, 1 November 1967.

Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, Third Session, Informal single negotiating text, part I (A/Conf.62/WP.8/Part I, 7 May 1975).

Report of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “The Future We Want” (A/CONF.216/L.1, 19 June 2012).

Letter dated 13 February 2015 from the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to the President of the General Assembly, Annex - Outcome of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national and Co-Chairs’ summary of discussions (A/69/780, 13 February 2015).

General Assembly resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015 (Development of an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction).

General Assembly resolution 70/1 of 25 September 2015 (Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development).

D. Doctrine

J.N. Moore, International and United States Documents on Oceans Law and Policy, W.S. Hein, 1986.

M.H. Nordquist, S. Nandan, and S. Rosenne , The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: A Commentary, vol I-VII, Martinus Nijhoff, 1985 – 2011.