Limits on the Use of Force in Maritime Operations in Support of Wmd Counter-Proliferation Initiatives

INTERNATIONAL LAW CHALLENGES: HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMBATING TERRORISM, pp. 77-139, Naval War College Bluebook Series, 2006

77 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2005 Last revised: 24 Dec 2011

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Craig H. Allen

University of Washington - School of Law; UW Arctic Law and Policy Institute

Date Written: August 1, 2005

Abstract

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.

Keywords: proliferation security initiative, use of force, rules of engagement, law of the sea, maritime interdiction operations

Suggested Citation

Allen, Craig H., Limits on the Use of Force in Maritime Operations in Support of Wmd Counter-Proliferation Initiatives (August 1, 2005). INTERNATIONAL LAW CHALLENGES: HOMELAND SECURITY AND COMBATING TERRORISM, pp. 77-139, Naval War College Bluebook Series, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=735543

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