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September-October 2018 NSDA Public Forum: Law of the Sea

September-October 2018 NSDA Public Forum: Law of the Sea

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Big Sky Debate is pleased to release its September-October 2018 NSDA Public Forum resources on the Law of the Sea!

The resolution, released by the National Speech and Debate Association on August 8, 2018, is:

Resolved: The United States should accede to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea without reservations.

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Law of the Sea Index

PRO

  • RATIFY NOW: UNCLOS IS IMPORTANT ALL ASPECTS OF US MARINE POLICY
  • RATIFY NOW: UNCLOS IS AN URGENT NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUE
  • RATIFY NOW: WAITING RISKS US GLOBAL LEADERSHIP
  • RATIFY NOW: US BUSINESS INTERESTS SUPPORT RATIFICATION
  • RATIFY NOW: BOTH LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES SUPPORT
  • RATIFY NOW: US MILITARY SUPPORTS RATIFICATION
  • RATIFY NOW: LACK OF US PRESENCE IMPACTS PARTICIPATION BY OTHERS
  • UNCLOS GOOD: BALANCES INTERNATIONAL INTERESTS
  • UNCLOS GOOD: CREATE STABLE INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • TERRORISM JUSTIFIES: UNCLOS WOULD ASSIST IN WAR ON TERROR
  • COMMERCIAL INTERESTS JUSTIFY: UNCLOS HELPS US MARINE COMMERCIAL INTERESTS
  • ENVIRONMENT JUSTIFIES: UNCLOS IMPORTANT TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
  • CHINA JUSTIFIES: US SHOULD RATIFY TO HELP SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE WAKE OF THE CHINA/SCS DECISION
  • CHINA JUSTIFIES: US MUST LEAD SUPPORT FOR UNCLOS RULING AGAINST CHINA
  • CHINA JUSTIFIES: NEED THE UNCLOS FRAMEWORK TO RESPOND TO CHINA
  • CHINA JUSTIFIED: SCS CONFLICT/AREA IS OF TOP IMPORTANCE TO THE US
  • PIRACY JUSTIFIES: UNCLOS IS A MAJOR PIRACY TOOL
  • PIRACY JUSTIFIES: PIRACY REMAINS A MAJOR ISSUE
  • PIRACY JUSTIFIES: PIRACY IS COSTLY
  • A/T: UNCLOS WAS REJECTED BY THE US EARLY ON FOR GOOD REASONS
  • A/T: POLICY ALTERNATIVES TO RATIFYING UNCLOS SOLVE
  • A/T: UNCLOS LIMITS MILITARY OPTIONS
  • A/T: UNCLOS FORCES COMMERCIAL PAYMENTS ABROAD
  • A/T: THREATENS UNITED STATES SOVEREIGNTY
  • A/T: UNCLOS GIVES CONTROL OF THE OCEANS TO THE UN
  • A/T: UNCLOS HURTS SOVEREIGNTY

CON

  • UNCLOS BAD: NOT COMPREHENSIVE
  • UNCLOS BAD: RATIFICATION MOVEMENT OUT OF TOUCH WITH GEOPOLITICAL REALITIES
  • UNCLOS BAD: NOT ENOUGH; POLITICAL STRATEGIES BETTER
  • UNCLOS BAD: UNENFORCEABLE
  • UNCLOS BAD: MANY COUNTRIES IGNORE RULING THEY DON’T LIKE
  • UNCLOS BAD: INTERNATIONAL LAW HAS LIMITS
  • UNCLOS BAD: ENGAGES US IN A GLOBAL BUREAUCRACY
  • UNCLOS BAD: FORCES US COMPANIES TO PAY INTERNATIONAL ROYALTIES TO ENEMIES
  • UNCLOS BAD: IMPACTS US COUNTERTERRORISM
  • UNCLOS BAD: HURTS US SOVEREIGNTY
  • UNCLOS BAD: DOESN’T ACCOUNT FOR THE US CONSTITUTION
  • UNCLOS BAD: SUBJECTS THE UNITED STATES TO LEGAL SCRUTINY
  • UNCLOS BAD: SUBJECTS THE UNITED STATES TO MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS
  • UNCLOS BAD: UNCLOS IS A BACKDOOR TOOL TO FORCING THE US TO JOIN INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE ACCORDS
  • UNCLOS BAD: VOTING BLOCKS WILL RENDER THE US VOICE WORTHLESS IN THE UNCLOS
  • UNCLOS BAD: WILL HURT US INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS
  • UNCLOS BAD: WILL FORCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
  • CHINA ANSWERS: UNCLOS MEANINGLESS IN CHINA CONFLICT
  • CHINA ANSWERS: CHINA HAS REJECTED UNCLOS/INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY
  • CHINA ANSWERS: INTERNATIONAL LAW THE WRONG TOOL TO DEAL WITH CHINA/SCS
  • CHINA ANSWERS: US SHOULD MOVE TO SUPPORT DIRECT NEGOTIATION INSTEAD OF THROWING SUPPORT BEHIND UNCLOS
  • A/T: RATIFICATION ACCESS MANY UNCLOS BENEFITS
  • A/T: UNCLOS CRITICAL TO THE US MILITARY
  • A/T: NAVIGATION RULES JUSTIFY RATIFICATION
  • A/T: RATIFICATION CRITICAL FOR DEEP SEA MINING/ENERGY EXPLORATION

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