San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea

San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea

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The San Remo Manual is a contemporary restatement of the law applicable to armed conflicts at sea which has been drafted over a six-year period by an international group of specialists in international law, and naval experts convened by the International Institute of Humanitarian law. The accompanying explanation is written in the form of a commentary and indicates the sources used by the experts for each of the provisions of the Manual, and the discussion which led to their adoption. It is the first analysis of the law regulating armed conflict at sea which has been undertaken by an international group of experts since 1913. The work is based on treaty law of continuing validity and State practice, and takes into account developments in related areas of international law, in particular the effect of the United Nations Charter, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, air law, and environmental law.
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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 175 x 248 x 16mm | 480g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521558646
  • 9780521558648
  • 477,619

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The San Remo Manual is a contemporary restatement - together with some progressive development - of the law applicable to armed conflicts at sea, and has been drafted by an international group of specialists in international law and naval experts convened by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law. The last such restatement was undertaken by the Institute of International Law in 1913, and for the most part treaty law has not incorporated developments in the law since 1907. The accompanying Explanation is written in the form of a commentary and indicates the sources used by the experts for each of the provisions of the Manual and the discussion that led to their adoption. The work is based on treaty law of continuing validity and State practice and takes into account developments in related areas of international law, in particular, the effect of the UN Charter, the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, air law and environmental law. The Manual and Explanation represent a unique effort of experts from different parts of the world to establish the present state of the law. This document will be of major contemporary, future and historical importance, and will help shape generally accepted international law regulating armed conflicts at sea. There is no other book like it.
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Table of contents

The Manual: Part I. General Provisions: 1. Scope of application of the law; 2. Armed conflicts and the law of self-defence; 3. Armed conflicts in which the Security Council has taken action; 4. Areas of naval warfare; 5. Definitions. Part II. Regions of Operations: 1. Internal waters, territorial sea and archipelagic waters; 2. International straits and archipelagic sea lanes; 3. Exclusive economic zone and continental shelf; 4. High seas and sea-bed beyond national jurisdiction; Part III. Basic Rules and Target Discrimination: 1. Basic rules; 2. Precautions in attack; 3. Enemy vessels and aircraft exempt from attack; 4. Other enemy vessels and aircraft; 5. Neutral merchant vessels and civil aircraft; 6. Precautions regarding civil aircraft; Part IV. Methods and Means of Warfare at Sea: 1. Means of warfare; 2. Methods of warfare; 3. Deception, ruses of war and perfidy; Part V. Measures Short of Attack: Interception, Visit, Search, Diversion, and Capture: 1. Determination of enemy character of vessels and aircraft; 2. Visit and search of merchant vessels; 3. Interception, visit and search of civil aircraft; 4. Capture of enemy vessels and goods; 5. Capture of enemy civil aircraft and goods; 6. Capture of neutral merchant vessels and goods; 7. Capture of neutral civil aircraft and goods; Part VI. Protected Persons, Medical Transports, and Medical Aircraft: General rules: 1. Protected persons; 2. Medical transports; 3. Medical aircraft; Annex. The Explanation: Follows exactly same headings as above.
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"This volume demonstrates that conference proceedings can be vital and useful in focusing professional attention on important corss-cultural issues of continuing significance." Historian
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