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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

California has a particular set of regulations addressing coastal land ownership, detailed at https://www.coastal.ca.gov/laws/ In short, everything below the high-tide mark along the coast is public ...
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On the legality of arming yachts and other recreational craft at sea

Gun control laws The moment you enter the 12 nautical miles zone of a country, you need to abide by its weapon laws. Most functioning large-caliber and fully-automatic weapons are not allowed in ...
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Floating drug laboratory in international waters

The relevant law is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, to which both the Philippines and China are signatories. With very few exceptions, the only country with jurisdiction over a ...
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Can just anybody sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea?

Acts such as signing a treaty are done under the auspices of the treaty "depositary", in this case the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNCLOS Article 319). The depositary's ...
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When does US state law apply on the high seas?

California courts have held that state's labor law applicable to mariners on a vessel based in California, and mostly working in local waters, even when the ship's voyage took it into federal or ...
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On the legality of seizing narco yachts

The Navy is allowed to board and detain a ship under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Article 108, which tasks all states to fight narcotics trafficking. This article gives the ...
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Does the Order of Malta have the right to register ships?

Flying a flag indicates your country. If you fly any naval ensign or flag at the stern or topmast, you declare "I am part of this nation, my ship is to be treated as territory of this country&...
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What is the exact meaning of this Article about loss of liability limitation?

Maritime law has a lot of weird rules, but the normal rule of statutory construction is that scienter requirements -- intent, knowledge, recklessness, etc. -- apply to everything that comes after them,...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Ownership of coastal land is controlled by the California Civil Code, which reserves land below the mean high water mark to the state: Section 670: [670.] Section Six Hundred and Seventy. The ...
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If land I own sinks into the ocean, do I own the corresponding part of the ocean?

In england-and-wales and scotland, no. At common law, with a hefty influence from Roman writers such as Gaius who tackled the topic, gradual changes in a natural boundary are distinguished from others....
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Are there laws regarding boarding cruise ships while at sea?

First of all, cruise ships are not lawless zones. At all times, the law of their country of registration applies. In addition, if they are in sovereign waters, that country's law applies. Also, many ...
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Floating drug laboratory in international waters

International waters is not a law-free zone. If your ship is flying the flag of any country, that country's laws apply aboard the ship, and that country may board you or authorize another country to ...
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On the legality of stopping a foreign ship and seizing goods

The United Nations Security Council made Resolution 2216 on 14 April 2015, and reaffirmed the key provisions recently in Resolution 2675 of 15 February 2023 (see the reference in paragraph 1). ...
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What was the basis in international law for the seizure of the Iranian tanker Grace 1?

The passage is alleged to be not “innocent” From Article 19: Passage is innocent so long as it is not prejudicial to the peace, good order or security of the coastal State. The article enumerates a ...
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In the 1920s, who would the US government hire to investigate damaged and missing Navy ships?

The US Navy investigates their missing ships themselves. This might belong to history, but lost ships have real world examples. For a missing navy ship, there's a perfect example: USS Cyclops was US ...
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Was being left in the Pacific in a lifeboat considered attempted murder in 1872?

It depends upon the intent and knowledge of the perpetrators. If there is knowledge that this is almost sure to cause their death, or an intent to cause their death, or depraved indifference to human ...
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What are the regulations around autonomous/unmanned boats?

Assuming we're talking about U.S. jurisdiction due to your location, some aspects of your question are addressed in this Professional Marine article from June-July 2018, which generally notes that ...
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What was the basis in international law for the seizure of the Iranian tanker Grace 1?

This is a copy of my answer to a similar question on politics.se, which I only became aware of after posting this question. My answer there is itself derived from material dug up in another answer, ...
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Can someone by prosecuted if they commit a crime outside of all jurisdictions?

Can someone by prosecuted if they commit a crime outside of all jurisdictions? This is a tautological question. If they can be prosecuted, then they are by definition subject to the jurisdiction they ...
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What is the exact meaning of this Article about loss of liability limitation?

"Recklessly", which is an adverb, must modify a verb. It can only be sensibly construed as modifying "committed" – the action is committed recklessly. The clause "with the ...
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Can someone by prosecuted if they commit a crime outside of all jurisdictions?

Yes More exactly, nations will not regard places outside of their physical limits as outside of their jurisdictions. Overview Traditionally, a nation has regarded any ship flying its flag as under its ...
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Is something located outside of territorial waters protected by an international law?

Whatever else it may be, it isn't piracy. Piracy is covered by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, Part VII, and Article 101 defines it: Piracy consists of any of the following acts: (a) any ...
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In the 1920s, who would the US government hire to investigate damaged and missing Navy ships?

Navies self-insure their warships For two reasons: They are owned by governments who have deep pockets, They do hella-dangerous things that no insurance company will cover. When a warship is lost or ...
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Can someone by prosecuted if they commit a crime outside of all jurisdictions?

The thing is: there is nothing to prevent a sovereign state from making laws whatever it wishes (subject to international agreements/treaties/conventions it signed, if any, and the extent it is ...
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How did the "Wise Honest" end up at the US (and not Indonesian) custody?

Inter-country law enforcement is quite common. Based on the links you provided, the US requested the Indonesians to detain the ship and then transfer it to their control for violation of US law. The ...
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Help interpretting Florida Statute and specifically Jurisdiction on the waters of the state

“... in charge of, in command of, or in actual physical control of a vessel ...” applies even if the vessel is stopped, at anchor or even if no one is on board (in which case it would be the last ...
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How much ocean does a person with a beachhouse own and what can he do with it?

Although this speaks more to groundwater, I think it would apply. http://aic.ucdavis.edu/events/outlook05/Sawyer_primer.pdf It says, in part: Regardless of the nature of the water right in ...
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