Twelve years back the Pacific Area USCG Commander proclaimed the intention of the United Stated to push back their sea borders by about two thousand miles. This step was actually expected by him to eliminate or at least significantly reduce the terror threat faced by America. And his statement actually reflected the new attitude that concerned the policing of the world oceans not only by America but also by some other countries.
The principles of navigation freedom of the traditional Law of the Sea and exclusive jurisdiction of the Flag States is considered a serious obstacle for fighting against terror and it also affects some other security concerns. And this, in turn, has resulted in the interferences on the high seas becoming common. The shipping industry witnessed the similar scenarios when the United Stated made attempts to fight international crimes, such as the piracy and pirate broadcasting, slave trading etc.
The present volume is providing the discussion on the most important issues involved, for example the international organizations and their responsibilities, lawful conduct and associated liability, and others considered important in today's world.