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As an initial observation I note that this topic presents a challenge for comparative law scholars As one scholar suggested in correspondence about the questionnaire for this Session the topic is arguably simply a question of implementation of public international law rather than domestic and comparative law as such This view points to a problem of disciplinary boundaries and the potential overlap between comparative law and international law and the emerging regional law scholarship I mention this at the beginning of my General Report because that tension is apparent in both the National Reports and the questionnaire prepared for this Session Are we simply looking at the question of jurisdictional claims and national implementation of the law of the sea as codified in the 1982 United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea LOSC or the predecessor 1958 Conventions andor customary international law for countries that have not ratified the 1982 Convention If this is the case particularly in the context of codification and the inevitable tendency to uniformity under the LOSC is this Session concerned only with descriptive reports of spatial claims and the extent of implementation of these public international law obligations and rights as "the law" applicable to these areas