San Diego Law Review

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Authors Friedman and Williams trace briefly the diplomatic history of the Group of 77 in United Nations fora, then detail the role the G-77 plays within the Law of the Sea Conference. By providing illustrations of the G-77 bloc-policy process, the authors construct a model to explain G-77 behavior. They conclude that G-77 unity is now less certain than before because of the many cross-cutting interests at stake in the UNCLOS III milieu. They also cite Western intransigence as a unifying force for the G-77 under the "common enemy" principle.