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This introductory chapter of this book, is primarily concerned with the crime of migrant smuggling by sea. As far as criminal activity is concerned, all threats to maritime security share one significant common feature: the transnational link. The book makes reference to certain examples such as drug smuggling and maritime terrorism to give examples of cooperation in these spheres. It is concerned with the issue of whether the existing framework governing jurisdictional powers in the law of the sea is adequate to deal with this problem. The book focuses on the primary tool by means of which States pursue their policy interests and aims-that of 'interception'-and on outlining various operational and technical approaches adopted by States in order to overcome practical problems inhibiting action. It ends with an account of State practice.

Keywords: drug smuggling; law of the sea; maritime security; migrant smuggling



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