folder VI.2.3.2 Interception and Rescue at Sea

Main Debates

Who has responsibility for asylum-seekers intercepted or rescued at sea?

How does the position change if they are intercepted or rescued by Member States’ registered vessels in (a) Member States’ territorial waters? (b) international waters? (c) the waters of third states?

What are the legal responsibilities of State vessels taking part in joint maritime border control operations, such as those led by Frontex?


Main Points

Interaction between international law of the sea and rules of refugee and human rights law

Ensuring respect for the principle of non-refoulement in the operational context of border management.

The (il)legality of the Italian ’push-back’ policy