The Doctrine of Hot Pursuit under International Law

Caroline Tutty Coombs

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The doctrine of hot pursuit is a narrow but significant exception to the freedom of the high seas. Hot pursuit is entrenched in customary international law and treaty, and the limits contained therein are intended to safeguard the balance of rights between flag and coastal states. This thesis critically analyses the early development of hot pursuit from its theoretical foundations to its crystallisation and codification, as well as in recent employment in response to contemporary challenges. This thesis concludes that hot pursuit can assist states in overcoming the contemporary challenges of weak governance, limited capabilities, strategic initiatives, regional tensions and geopolitical issues.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Techera, Erika, Supervisor
  • Cullen, Holly, Supervisor
  • Kaye, Stuart, Supervisor
Award date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 31/08/2017 to 30/10/2021. Made publicly available on 30/10/2021.


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