Accession Number:

ADA346808

Title:

Maritime Claims Reference Manual.

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR POLICY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

606.0

Abstract:

This Manual is reissued under the authority of DoD Instruction C-2OO5.1, U.S. Program for the Exercise of Navigation and Overflight Rights at Sea U, 1 June 21, 1983. Its purpose is to provide a general reference concerning the maritime claims of all coastal nations. The Maritime Claims Reference Manual of July 12, 1990, is hereby cancelled. The maritime claims references in this Manual represent claims made by the coastal nations. Some of the claims are inconsistent with international law. The United States does not recognize those maritime claims that are not in conformity with customary international law, as reflected in the 1982 U.N. Law of the Sea Convention. Examples include excessive straight baseline claims, territorial sea claims in excess of 12 nautical miles, and other claims that unlawfully impede freedom of navigation and overflight. This Manual notes many instances in which the United States has protested excessive claims and conducted operational assertions against such excessive claims under the Freedom of Navigation Program. Failure to categorize any maritime claim as excessive within this Manual does not indicate U.S. acceptance of excessive claims.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE