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The Papers of John Norton Moore Regarding the Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Maine Area

Identifier: MSS -85-17

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Scope and Contents

The papers of John Norton Moore concerning the Gulf of Maine case before the International Court of Justice were given to the Library in December of 1985. The collection (in 5 cartons) includes Moore's personal notes and correspondence, copies of Department of State correspondence and working documents, and annotated copies of drafts of the records presented to the ICJ by the U. S. Team. Donated with the personal files were a set of printed ICJ documents, miscellaneous prirnted materials relating to the Gulf of Maine case, and assorted maps of the ocean.


  • Majority of material found in 1940s, 1969-1995


Biographical / Historical

John Norton Moore, who joined the faculty in 1966, is an authority on international law, national security law, and the law of the sea. He also teaches advanced topics in national security law and the rule of law. Moore taught the first course in the country on national security law, and conceived and co-authored the first casebook on the subject. From 1991-93, during the Gulf War and its aftermath, Moore was the principal legal adviser to the Ambassador of Kuwait to the United States, and to the Kuwait delegation to the U.N. Iraq-Kuwait Boundary Demarcation Commission.

From 1985 to 1991, he chaired the board of directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, one of six presidential appointments he has held. From 1973 to 1976, he was chair of the National Security Council Interagency Task Force on the Law of the Sea and ambassador and deputy special representative of the president to the law of the sea conference. Previously he served as the counselor on international law to the State Department. With the deputy attorney general of the United States, he was co-chair in March 1990 of the U.S.-USSR talks in Moscow and Leningrad on the rule of law. As a consultant to the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, he was honored by the director for his work on the ABM Treaty Interpretation Project. He has been a frequent witness before congressional committees on maritime policy, legal aspects of foreign policy, national security, war and treaty powers, and democracy and human rights. He has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution.

Moore is a member of advisory and editorial boards for nine journals and numerous professional organizations, and he has published many articles on oceans policy, national security and international law.

Site authors, "John Norton Moore," UVA Law School Website. (accessed December 9, 2015)


5.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the library by John Norton Moore in December of 1985.
The Papers of John Norton Moore Regarding the Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Maine Area, 1977-1984,1940s, 1969-1995 MSS 85-17
The Papers of John Norton Moore Regarding the Maritime Boundary Delimitation in the Gulf of Maine Area, 1977-1984MSS 85-17
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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

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