By ratifying UNCLOS, the United States would be submitting itself to a much wider range of international controls than it has in the past and would give more power and legitimacy to misguided efforts to establish a supra-national government at the United Nations.
- Regulatory reach of UNCLOS could be unconstrained given the interconnected nature of the ocean ecosystem
- ISA will promulgate regulations on nations outside of U.S. control
- Regulatory activism from ISA would stifle innovation and entrepreneurship
- Ratification of UNCLOS would allow regulators to run rampant, reaching far into all economic sectors
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The United Nations has virtually no role in management, implementation, or execution of this treaty. It remains in the convention’s title only because the treaty was initially negotiated at the United Nations. In addition, the only international organization UNCLOS creates (the International Seabed Authority) is no different from the hundreds of other international organizations the U.S. is already party to, including the U.S.- Canadian Fisheries Convention or the International Maritime Organization.
- Governing structure of UNCLOS regime is not under United Nations control
- Fears of an overreaching UNCLOS bureaucracy are overwrought
- UNCLOS is in no way a power grab by the United Nations
- Fears of the vast unaccountable bureaucracy of UNCLOS have been proven unfounded in the 10 years since it has been in force
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