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Saving Lives At Sea: Security, Law and Adverse Effects

Basaran, Tugba (2014) Saving Lives At Sea: Security, Law and Adverse Effects. European Journal of Migration and Law, 16 (3). pp. 365-387. ISSN 1388-364X. (doi:10.1163/15718166-12342061) (KAR id:45376)

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In the wake of recent shipwrecks at the Strait of Sicily, the European Union and its Member States have come under renewed pressure to address rescue at sea. Saving lives at sea is not simply a question of enhancing EU rescue efforts, however, but requires eliminating third party sanctions that significantly impede the proper functioning of

the international rescue regime. This article focuses on anti-smuggling laws and related instruments and their thorny relation to humanitarian acts. To improve rescue efforts at sea, as a first step all humanitarian acts need to be exempted from criminal sanctions. This needs to be accompanied by efforts to desecuritize rescue, separating rescue from border security concerns.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15718166-12342061
Uncontrolled keywords: Rescue – anti-smuggling laws – eu – borders – security – migration
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tugba Basaran
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2014 17:45 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 02:17 UTC
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