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Monday, May 04, 2015

Iran’s Disingenuous Approach To Maritime Law

MV Maersk TigrisIran’s seizure of the MV Maersk Tigris underscores the importance of a stable rule of law in the oceans, and the dangers of allowing one state to attempt to alter them for its own benefit.

The ship, boarded and taken by force to Bandar Abbas on April 28, was turned over to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to fulfill a court judgment in favor of Iran Ports Authority.

It should surprise no one that this vacuous legal rationale is incompatible with the the rules set forth in the customary international law of the sea, and reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention, or LOSC.

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