San Diego Law Review

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This comment explores the right of warships to make innocent passage through foreign territorial seas. The understanding of many nations regarding the 1958 Convention on the Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone was that all ships on a peaceful mission are allowed to move through foreign territorial waters without restriction. However, an increasing number of coastal states have begun requiring prior notice before allowing warships innocent passage. The author explores the background of this issue as well as the contentions of both sides. The author concludes that the future is gloomy for the principle of innocent passage as applied to warships.