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Towards new rules on disembarkation of persons rescued at sea?
Coppens, J.; Somers, E. (2010). Towards new rules on disembarkation of persons rescued at sea? Int. J. Mar. Coast. Law 25(3): 377-403. 10.1163/157180810X571006
In: International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. Kluwer Law International: The Hague; Gaithersburg; London; Boston. ISSN 0927-3522, more
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Author keywords
    seaborne migrants; search and rescue; access to ports; law of the sea; disembarkation

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    It is an international legal obligation for States to render assistance to persons in distress at sea. However, a comparable legally binding duty to disembark these rescued persons does not exist in the law of the sea. As a result, these persons—often migrants—can spend weeks on a ship at sea before a State allows them to go ashore. This article analyses the existing legal framework concerning disembarkation and evaluates the recent initiatives taken within the International Maritime Organization. Suggestions for future improvements are made.

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