San Diego Law Review


Ted L. McDorman

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In this Article, Professor McDorman discusses the fact that five years after the completion of the Law of the Sea Convention, Canada has not yet ratified the convention nor has it offered hints as to whether it will ratify the Convention. The author contrasts this stance with the fact that that Canada was a signatory, is one of its major beneficiaries, and that many of its high ranking officials expressed praise for the final document. Moreover, Canada has extensive economic interests in the ocean. The question of Canadian ratification of the LOS Convention is addressed from three perspectives: as a question of oceans policy; of economic policy; and of foreign policy. The perspective which is dominant at the time of the decision on the Treaty is made will determine the outcome of whether Canada ratifies the Convention.