Law of the Sea and Maritime Security

IVLP Visitors looking at a Dredge Head
IVLP Visitors looking at a Dredge Head

The Department of State and Meridian International Center worked to ensure that the following objectives were met throughout the duration of the visitors' program:

  • Explore how customary international law, as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, applies in the South China Sea and the Pacific;
  • Analyze issues affecting freedom of navigation in the South China Sea (SCS) and the Pacific, including piracy and territorial claims;
  • Assess the roles of international stakeholders;
  • Observe inter‑agency coordination and approaches to maritime security operations; and
  • Discuss U.S. and multi‑lateral policy and cooperative efforts in SCS territorial and maritime disputes.

Project summary

Law of the Sea and Maritime Security | September 2016
Number of Visitors: 12
Regions: East Asia and Pacific
Countries: Brunei, Burma, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste
Impact Areas: Foreign Policy, Security and Defense
Program Areas: Exchanges
Partners: Private Sector, Public Sector