Jurisdiction of a nation over vessels flying a foreign flag and over persons aboard such vessels should be a relatively simple and well settled matter. The sad fact, however, is that it is not. Moreover, the recent 1986 Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act has added unnecessary and unexplainable confusion.
Stefan A. Riesenfeld,
Jurisdiction over Foregin Flag Vessels and the U.S. Courts: Adrift Without a Compass?,
Mich. J. Int'l L.
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