#UNELaw’s Associate Professor Dr Cameron Moore was recently a panelist at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources & Security (ANCORS) Seminar on ‘The Law of Naval Warfare and the Armed Conflict between Russia and Ukraine’. The seminar was designed to be a forum to discuss and analyse the operational-legal issues surrounding some of the maritime aspects of the armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Cameron’s questions focused on issues surrounding the use of force at sea outside armed conflict situations. They took a closer look at the use of force in the Kerch Strait incident and HMS Defender incident and available responses. The seminar was a great success, with over 100 online and several in-person participants attending on Tuesday afternoon.
‘In any situation of international armed conflicts, such as that between Ukraine and Russia right now, the conduct of war is regulated by a system of rules designed to control and mitigate the harmful effects of war by extending a minimum standard of protection to combatants and non-combatants. In the maritime context, the law of naval warfare is a unique branch of the law, which draws on prize law, the law of neutrality, the law of armed conflict and the law of the sea to regulate armed conflict at sea.’