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Preventing and Defeating Terrorism at Sea: Practical Considerations for Implementation of the Draft Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA)

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The Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) was adopted by a diplomatic conference held in Rome in March 988. The SUA's operative provisions deal primarily with events after illegal acts have taken place: apprehension, conviction, and punishment of those who perpetrate such acts, rather than prevention or suppression of those acts. Terrorism and violence in international waters continue to threaten global commerce and seafarers in non-traditional ways. This chapter provides some practical recommendations for elements that should be included in a SUA ship boarding provision, along with considerations for implementing those provisions should the Diplomatic Conference adopt a Protocol to the SUA. The international community is poised to address diplomatic, legal, operational, and logistic challenges in context of terrorism and violence at sea in the same effective and collective manner that it has confronted the scourge of drugs and other transnational crime.

Keywords: draft protocol; maritime violence; SUA; terrorism; transnational crime; UN convention



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