Testing Washington: Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Ending maritime patrols in waters near China may be a necessary compromise with Beijing’s rising power.
An aerial view of heavy ash fall on the Tongan island of Nomuka.
Given their vital role in communications, the global economy and security, the rules governing undersea cables need overhauling.
The USS Ronald Reagan and USS Nimitz sailing in the South China Sea in July 2020.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Samantha Jetzer/US Navy/AP
China and the US have differing interpretations of the law of the sea – and this is fuelling deep distrust and suspicion.
HMS Defender: at the centre of an international maritime dispute.
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Nothing suggests that HMS Defender’s passage was anything but continuous and expeditious. But the UK should avoid relying on Ukrainian “permission” as a justification.
Russia has been beefing up its Arctic icebreaker fleet to take advantage of the changing climate.
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Russia is attempting to claim more of the Arctic seabed, an area rich in oil, gas and minerals. It’s also expanding shipping and reopening Arctic bases. Here are two things the U.S. can do about it.
Manganese nodules on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the southeastern United States, discovered in 2019 during the Deep Sea Ventures pilot test.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Companies are eager to mine the deep ocean for valuable mineral deposits. But scientists are concerned about impacts on sea life, including creatures that haven’t even been discovered yet.
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erica Bechard/US Navy/AP
As tensions in the disputed waters mount, it’s important to understand how this conflict began and what international law says about freedom of navigation and competing maritime claims.
Members of the NGO ‘SOS Mediterranee’ during the rescue of more than 250 migrants on a wooden boat off the Libyan coast.
EPA-EFE/Christophe Petit Tesson
The ICC may be the only institution capable of breaking the current legal impasse.
Seized: the Stena Impero in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas.
An international maritime lawyer explains whether Iran broke the law of the sea by detaining the Stena Impero.
The Aquarius rescue ship flying the Gibraltar flag enters the harbour in Valletta, Malta in August.
Gibraltar’s decision to terminate permission for the Aquarius to conduct operations in the Mediterranean is the latest example of national politics undermining rescue at sea.
The vantage point from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long in the Arctic in 2010.
(Timo Palo, Creative Commons)
With all eyes on China’s intentions in the Arctic, Singapore is flying under the radar. But the tiny Asian nation is also pursuing its own interests in the Arctic.
The decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea is hugely significant for the development of the Law of the Sea.
The decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea undoubtedly represents a sweeping victory for the Philippines. It is, however, unenforceable.
Deep seabed mining for minerals might soon become a reality.
Mining the deep oceans for minerals may soon become a reality, but the risks involved are many. So who is able to regulate this emerging industry?
Still on lease: the Chagos island of Diego Garcia.
NASA via Wikimedia Commons
Why are the UK’s left-over possessions in the Indian Ocean still the subject of furious legal dispute?
Pole position: the resource-rich Arctic matters like never before.
As the ice recedes and technology for recovering resources in extreme conditions improves, the Arctic could become the theatre for future global conflicts. Here’s the story so far.
The 153 intercepted asylum seekers are reportedly being detained at sea aboard the ACV Ocean Protector, pictured here in Hobart.
Lawyers for 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on a boat intercepted by the Australian government applied for a full bench of the High Court to hear its case on August 5 at a directions hearing on Friday. Whereas…
Australia’s maritime search and rescue zone covers a vast area.
The first ship to reach the area of Indian ocean being searched for the missing flight MH370 is the Norwegian commercial car carrier, the Höegh St Petersburg. At the request of the Australian Maritime…
The decision to investigate the Australian navy’s actions in towing back asylum boats could have been an opportunity for greater transparency.
The release on Wednesday of the review into the circumstances of how and why the Australian navy repeatedly entered Indonesian waters might have been expected finally to reveal information about Australia’s…
What are Australia’s legal and moral responsibilities under the relevant conventions and the law of the sea to rescue and ‘turn back’ asylum seeker boats?
Prime minister Tony Abbott said on Monday he expects Jakarta to take responsibility for the asylum seekers that Australian authorities rescue in Indonesia’s search and rescue zone. He claims this is the…
Off to cause trouble in the Arrrrrrctic.
Last week several Greenpeace activists bearing ropes and posters attempted to board Gazprom’s oil platform, the Prirazlomnaya, in the Russian exclusive economic zone. They did so in an inflatable craft…