The position of the United States on the Northwest Passage : is the fear of creating a precedent warranted?

Authors: Lalonde, Suzanne; Lasserre, Frédéric
Abstract: For decades, Ottawa and Washington have been agreeing to disagree on the question of the legal status of the Northwest Passage. One argument which has been consistently raised on the U.S. side and which has precluded attempts to end the deadlock has been the fear of creating a negative precedent. This article assesses whether U.S. concerns are warranted: could coastal States elsewhere in the world rely on an eventual recognition of Canadian sovereignty over the Northwest Passage to bolster their claims over a local strait?
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 5 February 2013
Open Access Date: 27 April 2016
Document version: AM
This document was published in: Ocean development and international law, Vol. 44 (1), 28–72 (2013)
Taylor and Francis
Alternative version: 10.1080/00908320.2012.726832
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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