International water law

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How exactly does the rules of the sea work in regards to ownership? If there oceans are not owned by anyone, does this technically mean that any country and bring their subs and aircraft carriers off the coasts of the USA without consequence? It has been said that the oceans are international and not bound by the same rules as land. But I am sure there must be some unofficial rules as to avoid naval war which would of course lead to a full blown war.
 

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Naval vessels can freely roam in what they consider to be international waters without any restrictions. This is according to the UN agreements.
 
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Sovereign countries have rights which extend a certain distance from the land into the oceans. Once in open international waters, a ship is no longer governed by the laws of any country. However, it is likely they must comply with an international standard of maritime behavior.
 
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You have to look up international marine law. Originally the soveriegnty of a country only extended 12 miles or so from its shores. Over time this distance has increased. Libya for example tried to extend its offshore limits and USA said it was in violation of international treaties, that was one excuse used to attack Libya.

Inevitably might makes right, if you have a big enough Navy you can enforce the offshore limit to as far as you want.
 
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International waters are free to all. They can sail where they wish as long as they respect the area that is US waters, or whatever country is in question.
 
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Yes International waters are free to all but a Code of Conduct is needed and should be made among nations to avoid any conflict when passing any international waters.
 

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Guys, do I have to go after everyone changing titles and shit. Cant you just be clear and straightforward with you titles.(:-&

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Guys, do I have to go after everyone changing titles and shit. Cant you just be clear and straightforward with you titles.(:-&

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