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Part II Maritime Security Law, 12 Maritime Terrorism and the Illicit Trafficking in Arms

Riyaz Hamza

From: The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law: Volume III: Marine Environmental Law and International Maritime Security Law

Edited By: David Joseph Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Norman Martinez, Riyaz Hamza

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2024

Terrorism — Arms control — Piracy — Weapons, biological — Weapons, chemical — Weapons control — Weapons of mass destruction — Weapons, nuclear — Ships / vessels — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

This chapter examines two specific maritime security threats, namely, maritime terrorism and the illicit trafficking in arms, including weapons of mass destruction, as the two threats are to a large extent interconnected. It sets forth the definitions for terrorism-contrasting it with acts of piracy discussed in the previous chapter-as well as the international legal instruments used to combat terrorism. The illicit trafficking by sea of small arms and of biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons (BCN weapons) is also regulated by a number of international instruments. However, there is currently no global small arms control instrument specifically regulating trafficking by sea.

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