This book highlights not only the importance and complexity of the legal regime of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore but also the legitimate rights and interests of the Straits States.
In doing so, it touches upon and seeks to provide suggestions as to how members of the international community can seek to reconcile their interests and sovereignty with freedom of navigation through the Straits. This has proven in recent times to be a delicate legal and political process and to its great credit, this book identifies the issues and raises questions as to the application of the law and how contemporary challenges on matters such as jurisdiction, conflicts of law and interests can be addressed, an example of which can be found in the discussion of the high profile Exxon-Valdez incident.
This book includes cross-references to the case laws of international adjudicatory bodies and the conventions, protocols, rules, regulations, codes, resolutions, programmes and guidelines developed by the United Nations and its specialised agencies that deal with the law of the sea and matters connected therewith. Articles of interest written by the author, some previously published by established journals on maritime legal issues, have been included in the appendix for further reading.