International Law

Issue 13 2023

Towards a Maritime Security Governance Framework in the Gulf of Guinea

by Frederick BOAMAH 23 May 2024

The significance of the ocean in terms of its economic potential is well established, however, it is plagued with many threats and challenges which call for a proper examination of its management and governance. This paper examines the legal and institutional frameworks at the global, regional, sub-regional, and national levels for governance of the oceans …More

Issue 07 2019-2020

Why Evolving European SAR Policies Threaten Merchant Shipping

by Richard KILPATRICK 20 March 2020

Operators of commercial vessels have rescued tens of thousands of migrant seafarers in the Mediter- ranean Sea since 2014. For commercial actors, swift disembarkation of survivors is critical to ensure safety and prevent further disruption to the rescuing vessel’s primary voyage. From 2014 through 2017, European coastal states such as Italy, Malta, and Greece permitted …More

Issue 05 2018-2019

The Common Heritage of Mankind in International Law: A Great Past but No Future?

by Ornella FERRAJOLO 20 December 2019

This paper addresses the Common Heritage of Mankind (CHM) with respect to marine and outer space resources, in light of relevant treaties. Possible developments concern internationally, the drafting of a special regulation on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction and, nationally, newly-adopted regulations on the commercial use of …More