Authorizations for maritime law enforcement operations

25 September 2017 Rob McLaughlin

Although there are areas of uncertainty and overlap, authorizations for maritime law enforcement operations are beholden to a different regime from that which governs the conduct of armed conflict at sea. This article seeks to briefly describe five regularly employed authorizations for maritime law enforcement operations at sea: flag State consent, agreed pre-authorization, coastal State jurisdiction, UN Security Council resolutions, and the right of visit.

About the author

Rob McLaughlin
Australian National University

Dr Rob McLaughlin is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Military and Security Law.

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