Naval War College Review


Wayne J. Smith


The United States is committed as a matter of national policy to enter into negotiations with all countries in the United Nations in a serious attempt to bring the law of the sea in line with...the needs of modern technology and the concerns of the international community."1 These needs and concerns are numerous and often conflicting, and their resolution is complicated by the fact that even the preliminary negotiations are being con­ducted in the political forum of the United Nations rather than on a quieter technical level as in the case of the 1958 conventions. 2