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Prompt Release of Vessels under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea

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The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Convention) was prompted by the desire to settle all issues relating to the law of the sea, since the problems of ocean space are closely inter-related and need to be considered as a whole. The Convention contains provisions about the investigation, detention and release of foreign vessels. This chapter presents a legal analysis and assessment of the relevant provisions of the Convention and related instruments concerning the investigation and detention or arrest of foreign vessels and crews and their release from detention or arrest. The principal provisions of the Convention relating to prompt release are to be found in Article 73 concerning fisheries offences and in Article 220(7) and 226 concerning some serious pollution offences.

Keywords: Article 73; foreign vessels; law of the sea; pollution offences; UN Convention



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