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Assessing Maritime Security and Human Rights: The Role of the EU and its Member States in the Protection of Human Rights in the Maritime Domain

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
JournalInternational Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
DateAccepted/In press - 4 Jul 2019


Over the years, the European Union (EU) and its Member States (MS) have taken significant steps
to enhance maritime security. However, these initiatives are mostly focused on the safety of ships and the protection of the marine environment rather than the protection of human rights at sea. Without belittling the importance of these initiatives, this article argues that it is time the protection of human rights at sea was also incorporated in the efforts to enhance maritime security. This argument is also supported by the analysis of the legal framework which shows that the EU and
its MS as flag, coastal or port states have assumed responsibility to protect human rights at sea under the law of the sea, human rights law and EU law.

    Research areas

  • maritime security, human security, European Union (EU), Member States (MS), Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (the Charter), international human rights law, United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC)



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