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The Legal Regime of Straits
Contemporary Challenges and Solutions

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  • Date Published: December 2014
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107003767

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  • The right of transit passage in straits and the analogous right of archipelagic sealanes passage in archipelagic states, negotiated in the 1970s and embodied in the 1982 UNCLOS, sought to approximate the freedom of navigation and overflight while expressly recognising the sovereignty or jurisdiction of the coastal state over the waters concerned. However, the allocation of rights and duties of the coastal state and third states is open to interpretation. Recent developments in state practice, such as Australia's requirement of compulsory pilotage in the Torres Strait, the bridge across the Great Belt and the proposals for a bridge across the Strait of Messina, the enhanced environmental standards applicable in the Strait of Bonifacio and Canada's claims over the Arctic Route, make it necessary to reassess the whole common law of straits. The Legal Regime of Straits examines the complex relationship between the coastal state and the international community.

    • Addresses all important aspects relating to straits used for international navigation
    • Provides a detailed account of special regimes applicable to certain straits (e.g. Magellan) and regimes superposed onto the common law of straits (notably PSSA)
    • Contemporary analysis of the regime of straits and the regime of archipelagic states covers all the relevant facts and legal issues
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    "[This] book … will no doubt stimulate further studies of the topic of international straits. With recent developments focusing the world's attention on situations in the Arctic and the South China Sea, among others, an updated analysis of the regimes of international straits and archipelagic waters, such as the book under review, is most welcome. Such a study may also assume great practical value for decision-makers concerned with those situations, and may provide helpful legal insights for future solutions based in the international law of the sea. The valuable contribution made by this book to law of the sea studies will of course go beyond those specific situations."
    Bing Bing Jia, The British Yearbook of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107003767
    • length: 530 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.97kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Law of Peace and Law of War:
    1.1. General
    1.2. Treaty regimes
    1.3. A law of war for straits?
    Part II. Right of Transit Passage Ratione Loci: Straits Used for International Navigation:
    2. Applicability of the right of transit passage under UNCLOS Part III – Exclusions:
    3. Applicability of the right of transit under Part III – straits used for international navigation defined
    Part III. Right of Transit Ratione Materiae: Definition of Transit Passage:
    4. Transit passage and other passage rights
    5. Transit passage defined
    Part IV. Allocation of Jurisdiction over the Right of Transit Passage and Archipelagic Sea Lanes Passage:
    6. Sovereignty of states bordering straits and archipelagic states
    7. Limitations to the sovereignty of states bordering straits and archipelagic states: rights and duties of coastal states
    8. Duties of ships and aircraft in transit
    9. Striking a balance between the sovereignty of states bordering straits and the right of transit
    Part V. International Co-operation for the Safety of Navigation and the Prevention, Reduction and Control of Pollution in Straits:
    10. Preliminary remarks and genesis of Article 43 of the UNCLOS
    11. Scope of Article 43: interpretation and suggested implementation
    12. Co-operative schemes: the special case of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore
    Part VI. Multiple Regimes for Straits?
    13. UNCLOS as general framework
    14. Marine Protected Areas
    Part VII. Conclusion:
    15. Straits and dispute settlement
    16. Transit passage and customary law
    17. Concluding remarks.

  • Authors

    Hugo Caminos, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
    Hugo Caminos is a former judge (1996–2011) at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and a member of the Institut de Droit International. He was Deputy Director of the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and Legal Counsel for the Organization of American States.

    Vincent P. Cogliati-Bantz, University of Queensland
    Vincent P. Cogliati-Bantz holds a doctorate in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. He lectures on the law of the sea, international organisations, European Union law and comparative law at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Australia.

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