Maritime Security and International Law in Africa

By African Security Review
Updated: 08/29/2011

110722-N-TY225-318By John Gibson, Africa Security Review | 2009

Coastal states hold sovereignty over their territorial seas, but there are restrictions on governments’ ability to enforce criminal laws against foreign ships. For instance, distinctions between various criminal acts such as piracy and hijacking govern states’ response options. Effective use of maritime laws is essential to maritime security because they determine what nations may or may not do and provide mechanisms to facilitate cooperation.

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