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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

High Seas

Tullio Treves

Subject(s):
High seas — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Ships / vessels

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The notion of the high seas took shape when the claims to sovereignty over vast expanses of sea advanced by various powers from the end of the 15th to the 17th century succumbed to the general acceptance of the idea that a State’s sovereignty was limited to a narrow band of sea adjacent to the coast (see also Jurisdiction of States ). The century-old controversy between the ideas of mare clausum (Selden) and mare liberum (Grotius), as well as the clash between the interests of the States reached its conclusion during the 18th century with the triumph of the...
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