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Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea$
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Natalie Klein

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566532.001.0001

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Terrorism and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

Terrorism and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

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Maritime Security and the Law of the Sea

Natalie Klein (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the legal responses to threats to maritime security posed by terrorism and weapons of mass destruction (WMD). By way of background, it first explores the adoption of the 1988 SUA Convention and also looks to the existing WMD legal regimes that have bearing on proliferation of WMD at sea. The second section considers two key steps that have been taken to better protect ports from terrorist acts: the ISPS Code and the US-led Container Security Initiative. The third section explores new legal instruments devised by states to permit interdictions on the high seas, namely a series of bilateral treaties instigated by the United States and revisions to the 1988 SUA Convention, adopted as the 2005 SUA Protocol. Finally, the chapter analyses the Proliferation Security Initiative, a political arrangement that addresses the WMD threat at port, in territorial seas and on the high seas.

Keywords:   terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, ISPS Code, Container Security Initiative, Proliferation Security Initiative, 1988 SUA Convention, 2005 SUA Protocol

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