Limits on the Use of Force in Maritime Operations in Support of Wmd Counter-Proliferation Initiatives
Craig H. Allen
University of Washington - School of Law; USCG Center for Maritime Policy & Strategy
August 1, 2005
INTERNATIONAL LAW CHALLENGES: HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMBATING TERRORISM, pp. 77-139, Naval War College Bluebook Series, 2006
States participating in the Proliferation Security Initiative, launched in 2003 to stem the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, have now agreed to a Statement of Interdiction Principles. Maritime interdiction operations raise questions regarding legal limits on the use of force against non-compliant vessels or in self-defense. This article examines the applicable legal limits on the use of force in maritime operations under international and U.S. law, along with relevant doctrines promulgated by the United Nations and relevant U.S. agencies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 77
Keywords: proliferation security initiative, use of force, rules of engagement, law of the sea, maritime interdiction operationsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 9, 2005 ; Last revised: December 24, 2011
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