The Law of Naval Warfare

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

Edited by Dale Stephens CSM and Matthew Stubbs

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409350814
Release Date: October 07, 2019
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AUD$ 117.00
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Release Date: October 07, 2019
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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

Table of contents

Foreword – Michael Noonan

  1. The Law of Naval Warfare – Timeless Rules, Modern Challenges – Dale Stephens and Matthew Stubbs

  2. The San Remo Manual – History, Methodology and Future Application – Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg

  3. The Reconciliation of Legal Regimes in the Conduct of Naval Warfare – Dale Stephens

  4. Civilians on the Water: Distinction in Attacks on Merchant Vessels – Alistair Oakes

  5. Over the Horizon Targeting and Naval Warfare – Andrew Collingwood

  6. Submarine Warfare – Ian Park

  7. The Law of Maritime Blockade in the 21st Century – Phillip Drew

  8. The Concept of Direct Participation in Hostilities in Naval Warfare – Anthony Erman

  9. Naval Warfare Zones: Immediate Area of Operations and Maritime Exclusion Zones – Dale Stephens and Matthew Stubbs

  10. Deception in Naval Warfare – Simon Lindsay

  11. Intelligence Collection in Naval Armed Conflicts – Vicki McConachie and Stacey Henderson

  12. Prisoners of War and Detention at Sea – Sophie White

  13. The Protection of Hospital Ships and Medical Transports at Sea – Felicity Rogers

  14. A Growing Weight on The Scale or Through a Glass Darkly? Environmental Considerations During Military Operations – Sean M Thompson

  15. At the Edges of Peace and War: Non-Traditional Vessels in Great Power Competition and International Armed Conflict – Timothy G Boyle

  16. Case Studies on the Law of Naval Warfare – Matthew Stubbs

  17. Prize Courts – Their Continuing Relevance – Steven Haines and Craig Martin

  18. Military Activities in Foreign Exclusive Economic Zones – Kent Browning and Abby Zeith

  19. New Technologies and the Law of Naval Warfare – Melissa de Zwart

  20. Does the Law of Naval Warfare Apply to NIACs at Sea? Well Sort of … – Rob McLaughlin

  21. The Relevance of Australian Domestic Law to Naval Warfare – David Letts

  22. The Potential Application of the Maritime Powers Act 2013 to Armed Conflicts at Sea – Alexandra Schaefer, Timothy Quadrio and Cameron Moore

Afterword – Peter Bowers