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Harmonizing Human Rights Obligations with Security Interests

If nations risk breaching fundamental human rights in their pursuit of transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and pirates, for example, due to inflexible, unnecessarily rigid, judicial interpretations and court opinions, those rulings will have increased the potential for the high seas to be a consequence free zone. The current challenge for courts, governments, and deployed naval forces is how to balance human rights obligations with the physical realities of high seas maritime enforcement interdictions.

South China Sea

More Possible U.S. Responses to the South China Sea Award: Why Not Economic Sanctions?

The United States may need to support the Philippines’ legal rights in some ways other than simply launching more aggressive freedom of navigation operations or continuing its diplomatic “shamefare” campaign. This post considers the legal basis for one rarely discussed option: the use of targeted economic sanctions.

South China Sea

China’s Legacy Maritime Claims

While the unanimous landmark decision in the arbitration case between the Philippines and China deals a death knell to China’s infamous nine dash line, the international community should not lose sight of the fact that Beijing’s indefensible claims in the South China Sea are but one part of a concerted effort to change the status quo and alter the rules-based legal order that has governed the world’s oceans for centuries.

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