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The International Law Commission (ILC) decided at its first meeting in 1949 to consider the codification and development of various aspects of the law of the sea. By 1956 the ILC had produced final draft articles with accompanying commentary that were circulated before the first Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS I), held over 9 weeks in Geneva in 1958.
UNCLOS I produced the four Geneva Conventions on 29 April 1958:
Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone
Convention on the High Seas
Convention on the Continental Shelf
Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas
The Second Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS II) followed two years later in 1960 but failed to reach agreement on the width of the Territorial Sea or fisheries limits and resulted in no additional contribution to the Law of the Sea.
In addition to UNCLOS I and II failing to successfully resolve issues such as the width of the Territorial Sea or related issues such as coastal States’ fishing rights, world
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