The Navigational Rights of Nuclear Ships

Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 15, pp. 251-265, 2002

15 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2009 Last revised: 27 Mar 2009

Marco Roscini

University of Westminster School of Law

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

Even though Article 23 of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea explicitly acknowledges the right of innocent passage through the territorial sea to nuclear vessels, many coastal states have recently forbidden or submitted to authorization the passage of ships carrying radioactive materials: this reveals a trend towards a more restrictive concept of "innocent passage." As to straits used for international navigation and archipelagic sea lanes, the ius communicationis is still prominent and every measure that might prejudice the navigational rights of nuclear ships would not be consistent with the Montego Bay Convention.

Keywords: archipelagic sea lanes passage, innocent passage, Montego Bay Convention, nuclear ships, transit passage, international straits

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Roscini, Marco, The Navigational Rights of Nuclear Ships (2002). Leiden Journal of International Law, Vol. 15, pp. 251-265, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1336992

Marco Roscini (Contact Author)

University of Westminster School of Law ( email )

4 Little Titchfield Street
London, W1W 7UW
United Kingdom

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