The law of the Sea / by Francisco Blaha

Here is a hard discussed topic, that most of us know very little about, the figure below while does not discuss fisheries issues, is quite informative. Maritime trade officially began in the year 1648, when the Treaty of Westphalia confirmed the ideas set out by Hugo Grotius, who said that the sea should be open for international trade. This evolved further in the year 1982, when the first collaborative effort to establish a maritime security organisation, with ocean law framework in place, was established.

Because over 90% of the entire World’s trade occurs by the sea, it is important for its entirety to be carefully preserved in order to ensure that successful trade is not threatened. Numerous developments were made in these laws that established power over things like general security and trading practices.

Three separate conventions, which had occurred between 1961 and 1988, had resulted in much stricter protective policies to be enacted on maritime trade, especially around problem areas. The control measures that were provided by these treaties immediately resulted in the decrease of narcotics and legal drugs being traded on the black market, but the organisation’s goals are far from over.

To learn more about international maritime trade laws, checkout the infographic below created by Norwich University’s Master of Arts in Diplomacy online program. 

Thanks Mercedes Rosello for the link to this!