Is the recent sanctions-based seizure of a Russian cargo ship beyond French waters consistent with the high seas freedoms and exclusive flag state jurisdiction reflected in the law of the sea?
Cmdr. Michael Petta, U.S. Coast Guard, serves as deputy chair, director for maritime operations, and professor of international law at the Stockton Center for International Law at the U.S. Naval War College. The views presented are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Navy, the Naval War College or the Department of Defense.
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During armed conflict, can neutral states seize belligerent merchant vessels on the high seas and retain their neutral status?