Maritime Interception and the Law of Naval Operations

A Study of Legal Bases and Legal Regimes in Maritime Interception Operations

  • MartinĀ Fink

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. General Aspects of Maritime Interception Operations

  3. Legal Basis for Maritime Interception Operations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Martin Fink
      Pages 107-124
    3. Martin Fink
      Pages 125-139
  4. Legal Regimes for Maritime Interception Operations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Martin Fink
      Pages 155-189
    3. Martin Fink
      Pages 227-250
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Martin Fink
      Pages 253-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-317

About this book


This book considers the international law applicable to maritime interception operations (MIO) conducted on the high seas and within the context of international peace and security, MIO being a much-used naval operational activity employed within the entire spectrum of today's conflicts. 

The book deals with the legal aspects flowing from the boarding and searching of foreign-flagged vessels and the possible arrest of persons and confiscation of goods, and analyses the applicable law with regard to maritime interception operations through the legal bases and legal regimes. Considered are MIO undertaken based on, for instance, the UN Collective Security System (maritime embargo operations), self-defence and (ad-hoc) consent, and within the context of legal regimes various views are provided on the right of visit, the use of force and the use of detention. 

This volume, which has contemporary naval operations as its central focus and structures the analysis as a sub-discipline of the international law of military operations, will be of great interest both to academics, practitioners and policy advisors working or involved in the field of military and naval operations, and to those professionals wanting to learn more about the international law of military operations, naval operations, and the law of the sea and maritime security.

Martin Fink is a naval and legal officer in the Royal Netherlands Navy.  


Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) Law of Naval Operations The Right of Visit and Search International Law of Military Operations Maritime Embargo Operations Maritime Enforcement Measures Law of Naval Warfare Piracy UN Sanctions Enforcement Measures at Sea

Authors and affiliations

  • MartinĀ Fink
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Netherlands NavyThe HagueThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2018
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-248-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-249-1
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