San Diego Law Review

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The fifth and most recent session of the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sa (UNCLOS) was, as were previous sessions, unable to produce a solution to the deadlock over deep seabed mining. The tentative steps toward accommodation developed during the fourth UNCLOS session were brushed aside, and polarization again characterized the proceedings. As a result of this stalemate, strong pressure will grow within the United States Congress to abstain from further international negotiations and instead to esbalish a domestic regulatory system for deep-seabed mining.