The Royal Australian Navy and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: 20th anniversary of entry into force of UNCLOS – retrospective and prospective considerations

On 16 November 1994, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC) entered into force. At the time, there were significant concerns regarding the ramifications of the LOSC for Australia, and in particular the potential impact on the Royal Australian Navy’s operations in Australia’s immediate maritime environs and distant waters.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the LOSC. In the period since, there have been profound impacts on the operations undertaken by the Royal Australian Navy in support of Australia’s national security interests, territorial sovereignty and in a supporting law enforcement role.

To celebrate the anniversary, this seminar will:

  • offer a retrospective consideration of Australia’s negotiating position during the third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (held between 1973 – 1982 when the LOSC was finally opened for signature on 10 December 1982 at Montego Bay, Jamaica)
  • reflect on the operational impact of the LOSC over the 20-year period that the Convention has been in force, and
  • consider emerging trends in state practice and good order at sea issues within Australia’s region to identify those factors that might impact on the future employment of the RAN.


For further information and to register, please visit the event page on the ANU website.

Date & Time:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 18 November 2014


Fleet Headquarters Conference Room
Wylde Street
Potts Point
(See location map below.)

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