3 Straits Used for International Navigation
Alexandros XM Ntovas
Edited By: David J Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Norman A Martínez Gutiérrez
- High seas — Straits — Innocent passage — Warfare, sea — Coastal states — Exclusive economic zone — Ships / vessels — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Treaties, interpretation — Opinio juris
Hardly any other rule of international law of the sea is so universally recognized as the freedom of the high seas, and in particular navigation ius communicationis.1 Therefore incidents involving international straits effortlessly attract worldwide attention as they always embroil vexing questions over conflicting national and international interests regarding this freedom on the one hand, and the coastal sovereignty of the State(s) bordering on the strait—hereinafter bordering State(s)—on the other. In general, straits constitute a sensitive geographical area...