Journal of Transportation Security

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 87–94 | Cite as

In search of theoretical justification for air defence identification zones

  • Ruwantissa AbeyratneEmail author


This article is published at a time when the world commemorates the 10th anniversary of the events of 11 September 2001, where civilian commercial aircraft were used as weapons of mass destruction. Some are of the view that Air Defence Identification Zones (ADIZ) gained prominence as a tool with which a State could control and be prepared for aircraft approaching their territory. This article discusses the role of ADIZ as a necessary precaution and addresses theoretical principles at international law that would justify the concept. It also brings to bear the nuances between war and the Rule of Law and the extent to which the social contract theory can be applied and stretched to ascribe to States justification for the imposition of an ADIZ.


ADIZ War Bush Doctrine Juridification of war Preemption Prevention Precautionary principle Sovereignty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Civil Aviation OrganizationMontrealCanada

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