The issue of whether or not the U.S. should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS or the Convention)' has been debated since the treaty was concluded in 1982.
Schiffman, Howard S.
"U.S. Membership In Unclos: What Effects For The Marine Environment?,"
ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 11
, Article 21.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/ilsajournal/vol11/iss2/21