Maritime Search and Rescue: Responsibilities and Implications for Private Vessels
In November BIICL launched a new project looking at the roles, responsibilities and legal implications for private vessels of maritime rescue of migrants and refugees.
The project, led by Associate Senior Research Fellow Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, will examine the commercial and shipping law implications of such rescues and related issues such as delays in disembarkation, as well as the human rights implications including issues that arise from instructions by SAR States to return individuals to countries where their life and liberty might be threatened. The role played by and implications for and of NGO rescue operations will also be considered. Recent developments in the Mediterranean including the return of migrants to Libya aboard the Nivin clearly highlight the relevance and importance of greater legal clarity in this area.