Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry.
With Sen. John Kerry tapped to be the next secretary of state, continuity is likely for most policies. This includes pressing for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). It’s a bad idea, as the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea has helpfully reminded Americans.
The author argues against U.S. ratification of UNCLOS, writing that the treaty’s most dangerous aspect is "creating a 'dynamic and evolving body of law.' America already is paying the price for far too much and too expansive litigation domestically. The U.S. Senate should say no to LOST."