This article is about the waters outside national jurisdictions. For the comedy podcast, see International Waters (podcast).“Mare liberum” and “High seas” redirect here. For the 1609 book by , see Mare Liberum. For other uses, see High Seas (disambiguation). The terms international waters or trans-boundary waters apply where any of the following types of bodies of water (or their drainage basins) transcend international boundaries: oceans, large , enclosed or semi-enclosed regional seas and estuaries, rivers, lakes, groundwater systems (aquifers), and wetlands. “International waters” is not a defined term in international law. It is an informal term, which most often refers to waters beyond the “territorial sea” of any state. In other words, “international waters” is often used as an informal synonym for the more formal term high seas or, in Latin, mare liberum (meaning free sea). International waters (high seas) do not belong to any State's jurisdiction, known under the doctrine of ‘Mare liberum'. States have the right to fishing, navigation, overflight, laying cables and , as well as scientific research. The Convention on the High Seas, signed in 1958, which has 63 signatories, defined “high seas” to mean “all parts of the sea that are not included in the territorial sea or in the internal waters of a State” and where “no State may validly purport to subject any part of them to its sovereignty.”The Convention on the High Seas was used as a foundation for (UNCLOS), signed in 1982, which recognized exclusive economic zones extending (230 mi; 370 km) from the baseline, where coastal States have sovereign rights to the water column and sea floor as well as the found there. The high seas make up 50% of the surface area of the planet and cover over two-thirds of the ocean. Ships sailing the high seas are generally under the jurisdiction of the flag state (if there is one);however, when a ship is involved in certain criminal acts, such as piracy, any nation can exercise jurisdiction under the doctrine of . International waters can be contrasted with internal waters, and exclusive economic zones. UNCLOS also contains, in its part XII, special provisions for the , which, in certain cases, allow port States to exercise extraterritorial jurisdiction over foreign ships on the high seas if they violate international environmental rules (adopted by the IMO), such as the Convention. International waters

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