Water covers more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface. What rules apply in the world’s oceans and seas?
- The Good Men Project
That’s where “freedom of the seas,” a fundamental principle of international law, comes in. It’s important because it affects everything from trade to travel to national security.
For many thousands of years, we have relied on the ocean for sustenance, commerce, exploration and discovery.
A system of international maritime law grew out of a need to balance various interests in these areas, including security, commerce and resources.
- Isn’t water everywhere treated the same?
No, it isn’t.