Human Rights and Law Enforcement at Sea

Petrig, Anna. (2022) Human Rights and Law Enforcement at Sea. In: The Routledge Handbook of Maritime Security. London, pp. 153-164.

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Transnational crime ranks very high among contemporary maritime security challenges. As a consequence, maritime law enforcement is a key tool in the quest to ensure safe and unimpeded navigation. Law enforcement at sea, much like policing on dry land, is an activity inclined to infringe on human rights, not least because it may involve coercion and even the use of (deadly) force. Yet, the human rights of suspects at sea have only been uncovered of late, which is unsurprising given that the law of the sea is in large part 'human rights blind' and human rights law, in turn, until recently suffered from serious "seablindess". In fact, it was only with the first truly international maritime law enforcement operation - the counter-piracy missions off the coast of Somalia - that the discussion was propelled forward. Simultaneously, however, the very characteristics of these operations pose particular challenges in the field of human rights.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht > Professur für Völkerrecht und Öffentliches Recht (Petrig)
UniBasel Contributors:Petrig, Anna
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