This Comment analyzes the composition and decision-making procedures of the proposed International Seabed Authority with respect to access to the seabed, security of tenure for U.S. citizens who begin exploration for, or commercial recovery of, minerals before the Law of the Sea Treaty enters into force, and the economic feasibility of seabed mining under the proposed treaty in an effort to determine the treaty's acceptability to the United States. The author argues that the structure of the Draft Convention is aimed more towards global interests, rather than those of the United States, and this fact will pose a potential problem to the ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate, but that the Draft Convention has the potential to adequately serve the mandates articulated in the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act.
F. P. Willsey,
The Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act and the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea: Can the Conference Meet the Mandate Embodied in the Act,
San Diego L. Rev.
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