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Ordering the Oceans: The Making of the Law of the Sea
Ordering the Oceans: The Making of the Law of the Sea
By Clyde Sanger
University of Toronto Press, 1987, 225 pp

The Law of the Sea negotiations, and the draft convention that emerged from them in 1982, have been written about at length, mainly to stress particular aspects of a subject that has abounded in legal complexities, military concerns, and the domestic and economic policies of more than a hundred states. The virtue of this work by a Canadian journalist is that he writes the whole story in lively language for the general reader. Sanger salutes the treaty as a signal achievement, and is not unduly worried about the Reagan Administration's refusal to sign. The provisions concerning the deep seabed, the sticking point, will not become a practical issue for many years, and this problem, like many others, may change shape and priority with the passage of time. Meanwhile, the task is to get on with working out and consolidating this large body of new international law.