The legal regime of straits
Straits are defined as narrow passages of water connecting two seas and are vital to international navigation and overflight for both commercial and military purposes. One of the great tasks of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1974-1982) was to develop a new regime for straits used for international navigation in order to strike the best balance possible between diverging and often conflicting interests. The result is Part III of the Law of the Sea Convention 1982, where the new navigational right of transit is articulated.
Many contemporary challenges to that regime exist; developments in State practice sometimes shed new light on the balance achieved in 1982, yet on occasion appear to destabilise the regime in Part III. In response, Dr Vincent Cogliati-Bantz has co-written a book, The Legal Regime of Straits: Contemporary Challenges and Solutions, with His Excellency Judge Hugo Caminos of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The book contains a general, up-to-date analytical framework incorporating the many contemporary challenges to that regime, with lucid answers to the developments in State practice in the field.