International Judges and the Protection of Human Rights at Sea

  • Irini PapanicolopuluEmail author


Notwithstanding their traditionally separate treatment, human rights law and the law of the sea have recently started to interact in a number of cases involving individuals at sea and the protection of their rights. Starting from this premise, the chapter reviews the contribution of international courts and tribunals to the harmonisation of these two, apparently distant, fields of international law. As the chapter shows, harmonisation has been achieved through the concept of “considerations of humanity” developed by the ICJ and the ITLOS, as well as through the adoption by human rights courts of notions of jurisdiction deriving from law of the sea to define the scope of human rights treaties.


Asylum Seeker Exclusive Economic Zone Flag State Separate Opinion Extraterritorial Jurisdiction 
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© T.M.C. ASSER PRESS, The Hague, The Netherlands, and the authors 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Marie Curie FellowUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Senior ResearcherUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly

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