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Questions tagged [law-of-the-sea]

Law of the Sea is a body of international law governing the rights and duties of states in maritime environments. Law of the sea is the public law counterpart to admiralty law (also known as maritime law), which applies to private maritime issues, such as the carriage of goods by sea, rights of salvage, ship collisions, and marine insurance.

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What was the basis in international law for the seizure of the Iranian tanker Grace 1?

As far as I can make out, the Iranian tanker Grace 1 was seized by Gibraltar whilst it was travelling through Gibraltar's territorial waters. See e.g. this article. The stated basis for the seizure ...
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What can the government do with the Iranian tanker Grace 1 seized in Gibraltar?

The UK/Gibraltar has seized the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 , for allegedly breaking EU sanctions and attempting to supply oil to Syria. On the assumption the seizure is legal and the accusations ...
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How did the “Wise Honest” end up at the US (and not Indonesian) custody?

Context: US seizes North Korean coal ship for violating sanctions The relevant (US) legal document is here. The ship was detained in Indonesia for violating local maritime laws, and the captain was ...
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What are the regulations around autonomous/unmanned boats?

I'm an engineer working on an autonomous boat project. I want to make sure I'm not breaking any laws, but I've been unable to find any laws specifically regulating drone boats (unmanned/autonomous). ...
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Help interpretting Florida Statute and specifically Jurisdiction on the waters of the state

Florida Vessel Statutes state: 327.58 Jurisdiction.—The safety regulations included under this chapter shall apply to all vessels, except as specifically excluded, operating upon the waters of this ...
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Theory: Murder in neutral waters by person without citizenship?

Theoretical question: Murder in neutral waters by person without citizenship? Will person be prosecuted? What if victim is also a person without citizenship?
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Does a state has jurisdiction over a docked or moored boat?

In particular, if a boat is docked or moored in California coastline do California laws apply or only federal ones?
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Assume a person owns a beach house in California. How far into the ocean does this person own as a landowner? Does the person own all coral reef, rocks and other things in the ocean in his owner ...
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International enforcement of dirty ship “laws”

Apparently there are some "laws" that make it illegal to sail dirty ships in international waters. I read an article giving only the information that "Maritime laws prohibit stained tankers from ...
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State testing unarmed ballistic weapons off some waters abroad?

The Sunday Times reported an unarmed missile had been set off from the submarine off the coast of Florida but, rather than head towards Africa, had veered towards the US. [ BBC News, Trident: ...
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What is the meaning and the implications of Art. 27, GG (German Basic Law)?

What is the meaning and the implications of Art. 27, GG (German Basic Law)? Alle deutschen Kauffahrteischiffe bilden eine einheitliche Handelsflotte. I suspect it has something to do with maritime ...
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Floating drug laboratory in international waters

This morning I read about Hongkongers being charged for operating a floating drug laboratory in front of the Phillipines coast. What would be the legal grounds for this operation in case these ...
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How to create a state?

Please elaborate on the steps needed to create a new state in international waters whose existence could not be denied by, say, the U.S.A., Japan and France. that would permit commerce with minimal ...
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Are there laws regarding boarding cruise ships while at sea?

I don't know the technical term for it, but some people actually have told me a thing exists where people board cruise ships from the middle of the sea without paying. Given that there's no jail/...
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Am I Allowed to Refuse a Rescue? What Issues Would That Cause?

Suppose my one-person boat sinks and I escape in my life raft. Later, party X comes along and offers to rescue me. Suppose, for whatever reason, I don't want to go with X. Question: Am I obliged to ...
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Is Mark Watney really a space pirate? [duplicate]

In the movie/book The Martian there's a NASA astronaut on the Mars named Mark Watney. He's arguing that the surface of the planet is juridically considered sea. Because he takes control of another (...
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Using international waters to provide illicit activities near a country

Let's assume I have a ship flagged in a country where certain activities are legal but are not in most of other countries (like, for instance, drug use or prostitution are in Netherlands). Let's ...