The aim of the author is to briefly examine the ways in which he believes the focus upon terrorism has influenced, or is beginning to influence, the development of maritime operations law. To do this, he focuses upon four sub-themes within the overall terrorism chapeau: terrorism from the sea; terrorism at sea; terrorism supported from the sea; and terrorist groups as subjects within the law of naval warfare. The first three sections briefly outline some examples of the types of threats emanating from this particular manifestation of terrorism, and then offer a short account of some (but by no means all) of the legal responses prompted by these threats. The fourth section offers general comments on an emerging debate.
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