San Diego Law Review

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In this Article I shall first consider the rules contained in the Revised Single Negotiating Text (RSNT) in relation to claims put forward at the UNCLOS and in the actual practice of States. Then I shall view the rules of the RSNT in the light of other sources of international law, in particular the 1974 judgments by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the fishery limits off Iceland and the trend established by unilateral extensions of several States through national legislation. I shall end with a discussion of the status of the UNCLOS (and in particular of the Single Negotiating Text [SNT]). I will analyze whether these texts evidence a consensus or an opinio juris in the international community, whether they are a source of international law, and what type of conclusions this circumstance may invite regarding the rights of States in the 200-mile zone.