Title

Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific: An International Legal Study of Port State Jurisdiction

Date of Award

1993

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

This examines the nature of port state jurisdiction as practiced in the recent institution of port State control. Port State control, which has become a viable machinery to enforce international standards on maritime safety, maritime health and the protection of the marine environment, proves that the rise of the port state in international law was a conscious process of restricting the customary authority of coastal states over ships in port and of aligning this authority to a general concept of an obligation to promote the inclusive interests of the global community. The emergence of a port State control system in the Asia-Pacific region confirms the validity of a theory of port state jurisdiction founded on the premise of a sustainable "international law of cooperation."

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