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Maritime Operational Law

U. C. Jha

The maritime domain plays a crucial role in the globalized economy, and for a country like India with an extensive coastline and a significant Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), maritime security and management are of paramount importance. As a maritime nation, India recognizes the significance of maritime security and management.

The process to establish theatre commands is a major step towards achieving better integration and coordination among the different branches of the Indian military. This move reflects a shift towards integrated military operations, where all three services (Army, Navy, and Air Force) work synchronously to achieve military objectives.

One key aspect of this integration is the need for a shared understanding of operational law. Operational law refers to the legal framework that guides military actions, incorporating international, domestic, and military laws to ensure that military operations are conducted within legal and ethical boundaries. Given the complex and diverse threats that can emerge in the maritime domain, having a common understanding of operational law is crucial for effective decision-making and execution of missions.

As India focuses on safeguarding its sea frontiers and addressing emerging asymmetrical and non-conventional threats in the maritime domain, the integration of operational law into military operations becomes even more important. This integration helps in preventing legal complications, ensuring compliance with international norms, protecting the rights of individuals and nations, and upholding the overall credibility of the military's actions.

A number of changes have been caused by the major changes in war at sea and the law of the sea. Today, war at sea involves nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, supersonic aircraft, helicopters, drones, and ballistic, cruise, and other guided missiles as well as stealth and computer technology. This Manual on Maritime Operational Law will serve as a guide for all stake holders involved in maritime security. It will help to establish a common vocabulary and shared understanding of operational law between decision makers, force commanders and military legal experts. This shared understanding is vital for ensuring that military actions are conducted legally, ethically, and effectively and result in the responsible use of military power in the maritime domain.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Vij Books
  • Publish Date: Nov 15th, 2023
  • Pages: 158
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.50in - 0.89lb
  • EAN: 9788119438181
  • Categories: Administrative Law & Regulatory PracticeInternational

About the Author

Jha, U. C.: - Dr U C Jha, a former Wing Commander, is an independent researcher in international humanitarian law, military law and human rights law. Some of his recent publications include, Chinese Military Legal System: An Analysis; Nuclear Weapons: Untangling the Societal Enigma; Modern Non-Lethal Weapons; Protection of Prisoners of War; Biological Weapons: The Evolution of Military law in India; Ethics in the Indian Military; Killer Robots: Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Legal, Ethical and Moral Challenges; Human Rights in the Indian Armed Forces: An Analysis of Article 33 of the Constitution; The Law of Armed Conflict; and Child Soldiers: Practice, Law and Remedies.
Khera, Kishore Kumar: - Kishore Kumar Khera is an independent analyst. He served as a fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force for 33 years. He was a pioneer member of Composite Battle Response and Analysis (COBRA) Group and headed the Operational Planning and Analysis Group at Air Headquarters. His recent books include Combat Aviation: Flight Path 1968-2018, Modern Non-Lethal Weapons: Concepts, Application, Legal and Moral Perspective and Nuclear Weapons: Untangling the Societal Enigma.
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