Originally Posted by Nausikaa
There is a Law of the Sea; the UN Convention which has, through the acquiescence of a sufficient number of member states, become law and it is enforceable. The issue of hot pursuit, as defined at the Montego Bay conference and contained in Part IV, Article 111, is point in case. It has been applied, sometimes wrongly, and proven several times in court. Cases such as United Kingdom vs. Denmark re the "Red Crusader" (Hague 1962) and United States vs. Kawaguchi (1976) as well as the cases re the vessels "South Tomi" and "Visara" which also spring to mind.
There is a law and there is a will to react when protecting one's own interests. The problem arises, as in the case of the piracy in the Indian Ocean, when countries choose not to react as the cost:benefit ratio of such operations makes them unsustainable or politically indefensible.
Aye // Stephen
umm only if you are in the UN. this is the problem not every one is in the UN and assuming they are is not a good idea. the un does not control the world and nor does any specific country. Since a law was passed by a bodies that does not include every one how pray is the Law applicable?