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The Law of Naval Warfare

The Law of Naval Warfare

Stephens, D; Stubbs, M, 2019

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Book 9780409350814 $99.00

Publication Date: October, 2019


The Law of Naval Warfare is a wide-ranging expert commentary on the law governing naval conflicts.


Format: Paperback

Once published, this title will also be available in eBook format.
eISBN: 9780409350821


In a period of growing tensions within the maritime domain, this timely new book brings together a combination of academic and practical expertise to present an account of the critical areas of the law of naval warfare.

It provides a comprehensive, academically rigorous and practically relevant treatment of the law applicable to naval conflicts that will be of value to governments and their advisers, defence forces, academics, students and historians.

The extensive expert analysis of the key issues includes topics such as:
• Interaction with peacetime law of the sea
• Maritime zones
• Targeting, distinction and deception
• Submarine warfare
• Legal status of merchant vessels and direct participation in hostilities by civilians
• Blockade
• Prize law
• Non-International Armed Conflict at Sea
• New technologies and non-traditional vessels
• Hospital ships
• Intelligence collection
• Interaction with Australian domestic legal obligations
• Environmental issues



• Comprehensive
• Authoritative
• Rigorous
• Relevant
• Topical


Dale Stephens CSM is a Professor of Law and Head of the Military Law Programme at Adelaide University Law School, where he manages Adelaide Law School training programs for the Australian Defence Force. He is the Director of the Adelaide Research Unit on Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE). He is also a former Director of Operational and International Law and Director Naval Legal Services and currently serves in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve. He is the author/editor of numerous books, book chapters and articles in several Australian and international publications.

Matthew Stubbs is Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the University of Adelaide Law School and Editor in Chief of the Adelaide Law Review. He is a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve. Matthew has published widely in public international law, human rights and public law.

Contributing Authors The expert contributing authors are drawn from both serving defence force personnel and academia.

Table of Contents

1. The Law of Naval Warfare – Timeless Rules, Modern Challenges
2. The San Remo Manual – History, Methodology and Future Application
3. The Reconciliation of Legal Regimes in the Conduct of Naval Warfare
4. Civilians on the Water: Distinction in Attacks on Merchant Vessels
5. Over the Horizon Targeting and Naval Warfare
6. Submarine Warfare
7. The Law of Maritime Blockade in the 21st Century
8. The Concept of Direct Participation in Hostilities in Naval Warfare
9. Naval Warfare Zones: Immediate Area of Operations and Maritime Exclusion Zones
10. Deception in Naval Warfare
11. Intelligence Collection in Naval Armed Conflicts
12. Prisoners of War and Detention at Sea
13. The Protection of Hospital Ships and Medical Transports at Sea
14. A Growing Weight on The Scale or Through a Glass Darkly? Environmental Considerations During Military Operations
15. At the Edges of Peace and War: Non-Traditional Vessels in Great Power Competition and International Armed Conflict
16. Case Studies on the Law of Naval Warfare
17. Prize Courts – Their Continuing Relevance
18. Military Activities in Foreign Exclusive Economic Zones
19. New Technologies and the Law of Naval Warfare
20. Does the Law of Naval Warfare Apply to NIACs at Sea? Well Sort of …
21. The Relevance of Australian Domestic Law to Naval Warfare
22. The Potential Application of the Maritime Powers Act 2013 to Armed Conflicts at Sea

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