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dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, Simon
dc.date.accessioned2022-01-20T01:35:13Z
dc.date.available2022-01-20T01:35:13Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn1444-8602
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/411623
dc.description.abstractArmed forces around the world are rapidly developing uncrewed maritime vehicles (‘UMVs’) for use in military operations. Key to the strategic value of UMVs is that they will have no people on board and instead be remotely controlled or, in the future, be capable of carrying out some or all of their mission autonomously. But will they fit into the existing categories of the law of the sea set out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (‘UNCLOS’)? This article considers whether two of the basic classifications of this body of law — being categorised as a ‘ship’ or ‘vessel’ and being a ‘warship’ — require people to be on board the vehicle and thus exclude UMVs. These categories are critical for the distribution of rights and obligations in UNCLOS. Failing to qualify as a ship would significantly limit the strategic value of UMVs, restricting their navigational rights and possibly preventing states from claiming sovereign immunity.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.publisherUniversity of Melbourne
dc.publisher.placeMelbourne
dc.publisher.urihttps://law.unimelb.edu.au/mjil/issues/issue-archive/212
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMelbourne Journal of International Law
dc.relation.ispartofvolume21
dc.subject.fieldofresearchInternational and comparative law
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOcean law and governance
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPublic international law
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4803
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode480309
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode480310
dc.titleWhen Is a Ship a Ship? Use by State Armed Forces of Uncrewed Maritime Vehicles and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMcKenzie, S, When Is a Ship a Ship? Use by State Armed Forces of Uncrewed Maritime Vehicles and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Melbourne Journal of International Law, 2020, 21 (2)
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