People, the Sea, and International Law

Irini Papanicolopulu

in International Law and the Protection of People at Sea

Published in print March 2018 | ISBN: 9780198789390
Published online April 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191831249 | DOI:
People, the Sea, and International Law

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The chapter presents the factual and legal background to the discussion of people at sea. Firstly, it provides some background discussion concerning the presence of people at sea and the risks these people face. Secondly, it briefly presents the legal rules that have been adopted specifically to protect some of the categories of people who are at sea and concludes that they provide only a partial and uneven protection. Current efforts to address the specific challenges faced by people at sea are not effective, since legal analysis is based upon the identification of a discrete field, often in conjunction with a specific forum, within which the particular problem is addressed. This approach results in piece-meal solutions that do not devote sufficient attention to the human nature of all people who are at sea, resulting in different levels of protection and, sometimes, an unjustified difference in treatment.

Keywords: people at sea; forced labour; Maritime Labour Convention; fishing; migrant workers; refugees; international law; maritime security

Chapter.  24722 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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