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The Law of Maritime Blockade: Past, Present, and Future

Phillip Drew


Although benign by appearance, Maritime Blockade can, in the right circumstances, be a devastating method of warfare, capable of bringing a country’s economy to its knees and causing mass suffering and starvation amongst its civilian population. In spite of its potentially deadly nature, maritime blockade remains one of the most unregulated and misunderstood forms of modern warfare. This holds particularly true in regards to the laws surrounding humanitarian requirements of civilian populations subjected to blockade operations. The Law of Maritime Blockade: Past, Present, and Future is an exam ... More

Keywords: maritime neutrality, belligerency, continuous voyage, sanctions, embargo, distinction, civilians, starvation, humanitarian access, customary international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198808435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Drew, author
Associate Professor in the College of Law, Australian National University