Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea by Natalie Klein


Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea by Natalie Klein

Author Natalie Klein
Publication Date Oct 2012
ISBN 9780199668144
Soft Cover 
Publisher Oxford


Overview of Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea:

  • Comprehensive exploration of all challenges to maritime security, encompassing terrorism, piracy, naval warfare, marine pollution, and illegal fishing.
  • Examines the influence of legal changes post-9/11 on the fundamental tenets of maritime law.
  • Spotlights present-day issues in maritime security and proposes creative solutions.

Description of Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea:

"Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea explores the rights and responsibilities of nations in addressing a wide range of maritime security challenges. The book offers a thorough examination of various aspects of maritime security to evaluate the impact of responses on the development of the law of the sea. The topics covered include the passage of military vessels, military activities at sea, law enforcement actions in different maritime zones, information sharing, intelligence gathering, armed conflict, and naval warfare. This comprehensive analysis not only considers conventional security issues related to naval power but also addresses contemporary maritime security threats like terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, piracy, drug trafficking, environmental damage, and illegal fishing.

While safeguarding sovereignty and national interests remains crucial in the context of maritime security and the law of the sea, there is a growing acknowledgment of a shared interest among states when addressing various modern maritime security challenges. The argument is presented that security interests should be accorded greater consideration in our understanding of the law of the sea, given the evolving dynamics of exclusive and inclusive claims to ocean use. The interpretation and application of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea may need to exhibit more flexibility to allow for appropriate responses ensuring maritime security."

Table of Contents of Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea:

1:Two Fundamental Concepts
2:Passage and Military Activities
3:Law Enforcement Activities
4:Terrorism and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
5:Intelligence Gathering and Information Sharing
6:Armed Conflict and Naval Warfare: Shifting Legal Regimes
7:International Law of Maritime Security - A Synopsis and Proposal for Change

Author Information:

Natalie Klein is the Dean and a Professor at Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Her teaching and research span various areas of international law, with a specific focus on the law of the sea and international dispute settlement. Professor Klein is the author of "Dispute Settlement in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea" (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and is actively involved in providing advice, consultancy work, and engaging with the media on issues related to the law of the sea. Before joining Macquarie, she gained experience in the international litigation and arbitration practice of a New York law firm, served as counsel to the Government of Eritrea, and worked as a consultant in the Office of Legal Affairs at the United Nations. She earned her master's and doctorate in law from Yale Law School.

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