The introduction to the book introduces the reader to the method of naval warfare known as ‘maritime blockade’. Comparing and contrasting blockade to similar types of maritime interdiction operations, it outlines the particular characteristics that set blockades apart from sanctions, embargoes, and contraband operations. In particular, this part of the book provides insight into the author’s principal argument that there is a humanitarian gap in the law of maritime blockade that permits blockading powers to deliberately cause the starvation of the civilian population of a blockaded area. As a consequence, the introduction sets out the thesis that the contemporary law of maritime blockade is outdated and requires significant reform in order to remain valid in the context of twenty-first-century international humanitarian law (IHL)..
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