The Earth Moved – Senate Advice and Consent Granted to Fisheries Treaties

Readers may be interested to note that last week the Senate Committee Foreign Relations Committee provided its advice and consent to a small number of international treaties. The four treaties are all in the category of Fisheries and Wildlife protection, applying to Northwest Atlantic Fisheries, conservation of fisheries resources in the North Pacific Ocean, conservation in the South Pacific Ocean, and a treaty advancing measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal and unregulated fishing,   While this positive development does little overall to ease the logjam of treaties in the ‘pending’ box, nonetheless the bipartisan support for these particular treaties is a welcome and perhaps hopeful sign of better days to come on US treaty ratification. 

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Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism; This article is written in the author's personal and academic capacity; Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Follow her on Twitter (@NiAolainF).