Is the Strait of Hormuz Governed by Treaty or by Customary International Law?

 Articles 17 – 26 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”), protects the right of ships in transit to pass through another nation’s territorial sea, subject to certain regulations ….. Innocent passage … can be subject to certain conditions imposed by the sovereign state, and may in fact be suspended temporarily in times of emergency. It cannot be automatically assumed that Iran does not possess a right to limit transit through the Strait of Hormuz, at least to the extent permitted by the regime of innocent passage.


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