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
Date Written: August 1, 2005
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
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