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A perusal of the existing international instruments used for the suppression of international terrorism at sea indicates that they are in a state of transition. This is due to several different reasons. The most prominent of them is that the community of states has to deal with a new type of organized crime and a new type of offender. The Convention on the Law of the Sea and subsequent special international agreements have responded to this new challenge. This legal development clearly indicates that international law and the procedures for amending it are flexible enough to react to new challenges. What is remarkable is the shift of emphasis to be witnessed in these new regimes, namely, the focus on precautionary measures. Although piracy and terrorist activities at sea are clearly of an international nature, only some of the legal responses have been developed thus far.

Keywords: Convention on the Law of the Sea; fighting terrorism at sea; international law; organized crime; piracy; precautionary measures



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