• Maritime policing, a mediterranean perspective and proposal. A study on the legal framework in setting up a regional maritime police organisation

Lambert Academic Publishing
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(Captain Reuben Lanfranco is a freelance maritime consultant and internationally recognised surveyor of ships, frequently engaged as a Flag and Court-appointed expert on Maritime Casualty and Incident Investigations. He is also a senior trainer for a number of international organizations and universities where he lectures on current maritime affairs)


Maritime policing has always been a sensitive issue especially when this is practiced beyond the national jurisdiction of a State. This paper deals with the setting up of a Regional Maritime Police Organisation (“RMPO”) for the Mediterranean region and gives an analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of such an organisation. The intention of the RMPO would be to have Mediterranean States, which are parties to a regional agreement, exercise maritime policing duties on the high seas in the Mediterranean region on vessels belonging to these States, without having to go through the normal diplomatic channels to get consent for boardings outside waters under their own national jurisdiction. This paper will also examine current international maritime conventions as well as customary international law practices and will discuss standing operating procedures for maritime police units deployed in the crime prevention and law enforcement roles.

MATERIAS: Environment, Law, maritime, Policing, Regional, international, piracy, treaty, Mediterranean, fisheries, Enforcement, Navy, Coast Guard, Armed Robbery

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