The Influence of Law on Sea Power: This icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page!BOOK CONDITION

A shiny blue cloth bound book and despite a previous owner's name on the front free end paper condition is NEAR FINE.

The slightly scruffy dust wrapper, which can be seen by placing the cursor over the image of the book below, was clipped by the publisher and a re-priced sticker stuck on. A few chips and wear along the top edges, some tape repairs and strengthening so condition just about GOOD.

204 pages which include a glossary, a bibliography of more than six pages
and an useful index.

145 mm. x 225 mm. 22 mm.

Weight wrapped <650 grams.

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The Influence of Law on Sea Power

by D. P. O'Connell *

First published 1975 by the University of Manchester Press

ISBN 0 7190 0615 5

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* Below; a quote; from a useful and relevant biography and here a link to that biography -

* " His book on the influence of the law on sea power has affected operating procedures adopted by Western navies. Awarded the Reserve Decoration in 1973, O'Connell was placed on the Retired List in 1978."


In an age of limited wars and constant disputes over territory or natural resources naval power has proved a conveniently flexible means of dealing with conflict situations. The need for legality in the eyes of world opinion, coupled with the uncertainties of international law, have made legal considerations a central factor in naval strategy and tactics. As an ideological battleground, moreover, international law provides opportunities both for conflict and for the adroit manipulation of conflicts so that, properly exploited, it becomes itself a weapon in the naval armoury. The Influence of Law on Sea Power: Remove cursor to revert to image of the outer binding intended to show the appearance and condition of this book.

Yet the role of international law in naval planning has never before been the subject of special study. As a historian, international lawyer and Reserve officer the author is uniquely qualified to clarify the complex ramifications of law in the exercise of sea power. His research throws new light on war-time actions such as the battle of the river Plate and the Altmark incident, revealing the underestimated importance of the legal factors involved. He goes on to considerthe theory and practice of naval operations to the present day, drawing vividly on almost every instance of hostilities at sea since 1945 to show the all-pervasive legal implications and their influence on both strategy and tactics—in self-defence and law-enforcement operations, in rules of engagement, weapon mix and procurement policy, as well as in the realm of advanced technology where the legal position is still undefined. The result is a fascinating and lucid analysis which will be essential reading for naval staffs, lawyers and historians.

D. P. O'Connell was Chichele Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford.

THE INFLUENCE OF LAW: Book's contents.

Foreword by Professor B. A. Wortley
Foreword by Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Gretton
I. The notion of controlled sea power
II. The historical focus of law and sea power
The interests of legal conflict
The areas of legal conflict 
The weapons in legal conflict
III. A case study of law and sea power: the battle of the River Plate 
The South American neutrality zone
The engagement in the territorial sea
The Hague Convention game
The status of the Plate estuary
The allegation of use of gas shells
IV. The force of law in sea power
The Altmark incident
The World Wars: unrestricted submarine warfare
V. Law and the theory of graduated force
The categories of graduated force
The concept of superior force
Proportionality of response
The degree of initial force
VI. Self-defence and weapon capability
Hostile act and hostile intent
Submarine threat and ASW
Missile threat
Evaluation: the concept of initial casualty

VII. Legal restraints on weapon systems
Modes of weaponry
Missile attack
Naval bombardment and the Hague rules
Mine warfare
VIII. The access routes of sea power
The right of transit
Belligerent blockade of straits
The conduct of warships in transit in straits
Transits, diplomacy and naval planning 
IX. The areas of self-defence operations: the high seas
Limited warfare restraints
A case study: the Spanish Civil War
The United Nations era
X. The areas of self-defence operations: the territorial sea
Territorially connected operations
Warships in the territorial sea
XI. The areas of self-defence operations: the sea bed
Underwater detection systems
Sea-bed submersibles
Weapons on the sea bed
XII. The areas of self-defence operations: the rights of neutrals
Neutrality zones Operational zones
XIII. Rules of engagement
XIV. The suitability of naval units for law-based sea power