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Part C Enforcement, 14 Law Enforcement Cooperation on the High Seas

From: An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law

Neil Boister

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From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2024

High seas — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Ships / vessels — Drug trafficking — Weapons of mass destruction
The high seas as well as the contiguous zone1 and the EEZ2 are a highway for the supply of all kinds of illicit goods from drugs to human cargo, and a venue for attacks upon legitimate maritime commerce through crimes such as piracy, and are thus of particular interest to states cooperating in transnational criminal law enforcement through the suppression conventions. The high seas are attractive to criminals because they fall outside the normal law enforcement jurisdiction of any state. Freedom of navigation on the high seas is a rule of custom.3 Vessels and...
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