Clinton advocates for Law of the Sea treaty



The Obama administration recently reiterated its call for the United States to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who expressed strong support for the Law of the Sea treaty during her Senate confirmation hearing in 2009, again called for passage of the treaty during 15 December remarks at a business roundtable in Washington, D. C., sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts. “Signing on to the convention is critical to protecting American security and enhancing our economic strength,” she said, noting that the U.S. ratification of the treaty would protect American business interests by providing “legal certainty and predictability that businesses can rely on.” The treaty—which also touches on a wide range of other issues including navigation, conservation and management of resources, and scientific research—is opposed by some who are concerned about the undermining of national sovereignty.