The Law of Naval Warfare

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

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350814

Product description

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

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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