The general international law regarding foreign merchant ships in internal waters has never been codified. The question of the breadth of the territorial sea was finally solved during the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. But conflicts between coastal States and foreign merchant ships in internal waters and the territorial sea may arise. This comprehensive study analyses these issues and strives for reasonable and generally acceptable solutions.
Basic Concepts.- Jurisdiction over Foreign Merchant Ships in Internal Waters.- Right of Innocent Passage in the Territorial Sea.- Jurisdiction over Foreign Merchant Ships in the Territorial Sea.- Conclusion and Outlook.