Is there a right to be rescued at sea? A constructive view

QIL, Zoom-in 4 (2014), pp. 3-15
Seline Trevisanut
Publication Year
Europe and Central Asia / Global
Thematic Area
Law & Policies / The Search Process
Human Rights / Law – International / Migration / Rescue at sea
Open access

The present paper investigates the relationship between the safety of life at sea and the right to life under international law, in order to assess the existence of an individual right to be rescued at sea. It posits that the recognition of such a right to be rescued is much needed in order to enhance compliance with the duty to render assistance and (hopefully) to prevent new boat tragedies, such as the Lampedusa one, from happening.