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date: 16 February 2019

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This chapter examines the rules and principles of the law of naval warfare and maritime neutrality in interational armed conflict. It discusses entitlement to exercise belligerent rights at sea, the legal framework applicable to the conduct of hostilities at sea, and the capture and destruction of enemy merchant vessels and civil aircraft under prize law. This chapter also suggests that the law of naval warfare and maritime neutrality be considered a remnant from a distant past and explains that some governments believe that many of the traditional rules of prize law and of maritime neutrality have become obsolete.

Keywords: law of naval warfare, maritime neutrality, armed conflict, belligerent rights, legal framework, conduct of hostilities, prize law, merchant vessels, civil aircraft

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