A proposed amendment in the Russian parliament would require foreign warships to obtain diplomatic clearance before navigating through the internal waters of the Northern Sea Route. It is plainly illegal—Moscow’s own past actions tell us so.
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Past and present law of the sea jurisprudence suggests that the State Department’s most recent analysis of South China Sea entitlements is legally flawed.
Power Trials Commence at Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Despite Stalled Negotiations and Regional Tensions
Ethiopia is proceeding with initial power generation trials for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam despite continued objections from Sudan and Egypt.
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?
The Biden administration releases its Indo-Pacific Strategy; Australia protests Chinese warship lasing of Australian maritime patrol aircraft in Australia’s exclusive economic; and more.
During armed conflict, can neutral states seize belligerent merchant vessels on the high seas and retain their neutral status?
Turkey’s current chosen path of attempting to close the straits to all warships oversteps the Montreux Convention and risks replacing a long-standing set of rules vital to Turkish security with arbitrary restrictions.
A recent State Department legal analysis highlights the unique roles that the United States plays in interpreting and enforcing maritime law in the South China Sea. This legal diplomacy also illustrates methodological challenges of customary international law.
AUKUS has already sparked a hullabaloo, both with allies such as France and with adversaries such as China. This post explains the naval nuclear propulsion portion of AUKUS, its operation and legal basis, and the controversy surrounding it.
The Associated Press reported that the Russian military claimed one of its warships had fired warning shots in front of the HMS Defender after the British destroyer ignored a warning that it would be fired upon if it entered the Russian-claimed territorial sea off the Crimean Peninsula.