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A Brazilian shelf proposal set a moderate 200-meter depth limit with jurisdictional rights only, in accord with national legislation, in order to safeguard freedom of the seas and avoid giving "States control over much too large an area. 11 27 An expansiv7 shelf definition based solely on ability to exploit seawards was nevertheless included in the 1951 version of the draft articles. Brazil was influential. i~ ~ubsequently excising this expansive sh7lf ~efinition from the draft articles and substit~ting a ~00-meter depth limit for it.

Alfred Stepan (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1973), 65. 31. Chapter 3 discusses this and other historical aspects of Brazilian qcean policy in detail. 32. ilia: Servi90 Grafico do Senado Federal, 1970), p. 90. In the officially-sanctioned opposition MDB party, Senate minority leader Nelson ·carneiro was the most active in promoting a 200-mile territorial sea before 1970, though he, too, only dates an increase in support for this measure from about 1968. Nelson Carneiro, "O Brasil e as Convenc;oes de Genebra," Revista Brasileira de Pol{tica Internaciona1, 12 (1969): 105, 117-121.

The structure of the ILC was also compatible with the projection of Brazilian influence. The ILC was a legal, technical body made up of leading jurists, in contrast to the more political bargaining and negotiations at the subsequent law of the sea conference. Influence in the preparatory period consequently was exerted mainly through technical comments, opinions and proposals of individual jurists. This kind of influence exerted by Rr~zi1's distinguished representative, Gilberto Amado, was considerable.

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