San Diego Law Review


Paul V. McDade

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of the sea context can be amended, modified, or terminated in a variety of ways, and that, frequently, the substantive coverage of a new or proposed treaty will overlap the scope of a treaty already in force. The author further argues that states can create divergent practices that create new norms of behavior. The author suggests that the complex manner in which international law evolves can be illustrated by examining the rules regarding the removal of offshore installations, and analyzes the interacting factors that produce binding obligations on states parties by tracing the development of the law governing offshore installation removal.