Access to the Sea for Developing Land-Locked States by Martin Glassner

By Martin Glassner

This examine is an outgrowth of an curiosity within the query of entry to the ocean built by way of the writer in the course of a ten-month sojourn in the course of 1962 and 1963 as American Vice Consul in Antofagasta, Chile. in this interval he had the chance to go to Peru thrice and Bolivia two times. This adventure, supplemented by way of study in lots of libraries in manhattan, Washington and California and via interviews, records and different reference fabrics, led to an in depth research of Bolivia's crusade for an outlet to the ocean. 1 the current examine has drawn a few fabric from the sooner one, yet is such an intricate growth of it that it could possibly good be thought of a totally new attempt. the trouble was once made as the challenge of entry to the ocean has develop into extra severe because the moment international warfare because the emphasis on alternate and monetary improvement has grown whereas while many new land-locked states have been being born. There have, furthermore, been extra threatened and genuine interferences with loose transit in this interval than through the previous part century and extra. an intensive exam of the topic appeared so as, then, as an relief to an knowing of the issues concerned and as a consultant to destiny makes an attempt to unravel them. as well as a basic survey of the query, 3 case experiences were integrated either as illustrations of a lot of those difficulties and as particular events through which to check proposed solutions.

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DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 27 are degrees of economic 'necessity' it is difficult in the abstract to distinguish mere assertions of transit needs from actual dependence upon neighbouring territory, and that it is only when facilities are actually created that the dependency is really established. The other school argues from the thesis of the economic interdependence of States to a juridical conviction in favour of transit rights, pointing out that not only have such rights actually been created in many instances by agreement but that the area of discretion of sovereigns to impede the passage of goods is now so restricted by treaty that an absolute right of exclusion appears antiquated.

28 These Principles may be considered as expressing the general feeling of the land-locked states regarding transit in 1958. " 29 They were reasonably successful, considering the give-and-take to which their recommendations were subjected, for even in the Fifth Committee they were a distinct minority of the seventy-three states participating. The Soviets tried to obtain for land-locked states an absolute right of transit, including free access to ports of the coastal states and duty-free entry of goods much like the traditional right of innocent passage through the territorial sea in peacetime.

There were, finally, divergences over many provisions based on other considerations, some of a domestic nature, with many states stoutly supporting some proposals while firmly rejecting others. Probably the most detailed analysis of the Convention to date is that by John H. E. Fried, Legal Adviser to His Majesty's Government of Nepal on assignment from the United Nations, and member of the Nepali delegation at the Conference. His conclusions are presented here in full: 1. The main significance of the 1965 U.

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