Arnold & Porter's John Bellinger Interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered Concerning Law of the Sea Convention

July 26, 2012

Washington, D.C., July 27, 2012 -- Arnold & Porter partner and former State Department Legal Advisor John B. Bellinger III was interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered regarding the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea Treaty. Bellinger explains why the Bush and Obama Administrations, the U.S. military, and all sectors of the business industry have endorsed the treaty, yet staunch opponents have kept it from being approved by the Senate. He notes that the Convention will give U.S. companies clear legal rights to develop the extensive oil, gas, and mineral resources on the ocean floor. Mr. Bellinger testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 14 in support of the Convention. Mr. Bellinger, a partner in the firm's International and National Security groups in Washington, DC, advises sovereign governments and U.S. and foreign companies on a variety of international law and U.S. national security law issues, including issues relating to the Law of the Sea.

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