INTERNATIONAL LAW EXPERT DR. ROBBIE SABEL: 
IDF ACTION IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS LEGAL
Aaron Lerner, May 31, 2010
IMRA asked Hebrew University international law expert Dr. Robbie Sabel about the legality of the IDF action in international waters. 

Dr. Sabel explained that a state, in a time of conflict, can impose an embargo, and while it cannot carry out embargo
activities in the territorial waters of a third party, it can carry embargo activities in international waters.


Within this framework it is legal to detain a civilian vessel trying to break an embargo and if the course of detaining the vessel, force is used against the forces carrying out the detention then that force has every right to act in self-defense.

Dr. Sabel noted that there is a long history of embargo activities in international waters.

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Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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