Legal Challenges in Maritime Security


Maritime security is a major challenge for the international community that cuts across a broad spectrum of scholarly disciplines and maritime operation. This volume provides in-depth analysis of current international and regional approaches to maritime security, cargo, port and supply chain security, maritime information sharing and capacity building. The work describes measures in place at multilateral and regional levels to improve information sharing and operational coordination regarding security threats to shipping, offshore installations and port facilities. Several chapters address measures aimed at reducing acts of piracy and armed robbery against shipping at sea. This edited volume contains articles by government officials, senior naval and coast guard commanders as well as by leading jurists and academics.
One unique feature of this volume is that many of the contributions are by operational commanders with first–hand experience of the practical law enforcement problems involved in minimizing disruption to legitimate trade and business. This collection will appeal to all concerned with maritime security and the protection of vital international trade by sea. The CD accompanying the volume includes important documents such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as well many PowerPoint presentations from the thirty-first annual Virginia conference held in Heidelberg, Germany, May 24-26, 2007.
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Review Quotes

“Comprising a vast collection of information, this timely and well edited book is necessary reading for all those involved in maritime security and international law around the world.” (Singapore Year Book of International Law, 2008)

"... this is a useful work, providing some excellent background papers and interesting discussion of issues in maritime security." Stuart Kaye, Chair in Law, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Table of contents

Distinguished Speaker Lectures Sponsored by the Center for Oceans Law & Policy

Fighting Terrorism at Sea: Options and Limitations Under International Law
Rüdiger Wolfrum

Combating Terrorism at Sea: The Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation
Helmut Tuerk

Conference Keynote Addresses
National and International Approaches to Maritime Security
Rear Admiral Gottfried A. W. Hoch (Germany)

Keynotes on Legal Challenges in Maritime Security
Rüdiger Clauß

Mare Liberum and Maritime Security: Contradiction or Complement?
Georg Witschel

Panel I: National and International Approaches to Maritime Security
Panel II: Cargo, Port and Supply Chain Security
Special Presentation on Iraq
Commander James Kraska, JAGC, USN
Panel III: International Maritime Security Needs and Initiatives
Panel IV: Piracy
Panel V: Maritime Information Sharing
Panel VI: Maritime Security Capacity Building

CD Table of Contents
Several presenters included slides, maps, or other visuals, most of them in PowerPoint presentations. Instead of incorporating all visuals in the printed text, the editors chose to include a CD that is found in the pocket inside the back cover. The CD features eight of the color Microsoft PowerPoint presentations given at the Conference (including the special presentation on the US rationale for intervention in Iraq), biographies of the moderators & panelists, and a selection of law of the sea documents and reports.
The editors hope that the readers will find it particularly helpful that the additional source materials on the CD include the 1982 UNCLOS treaty; the UN Fish Stocks Agreement; and a current list of Parties to the Convention and the Agreement. An especially important extra feature is a draft of the Cumulative Index to the six-volume series United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982: A Commentary (1985-2002), provided courtesy of H.E. Satya N. Nandan. We have also included important maritime security resources such as the SUA Convention (both original and amended versions), the US National Strategy for Maritime Security (and six of its supporting plans), IMO materials, and reports on the US Merchant Marine as well as the US Cooperative Strategy for 21st-Century Seapower.
US Rationale (Official) for Iraq Intervention


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