The latest (and hopefully last) boat tragedy. Is there a right to be rescued at sea?

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

1.   Introduction 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...

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

1.   Introductory remarks The recent tragic and deadly sea incidents, including the sinking of a boat with 500 people off the coast of Lampedusa on 3 October 2013[1] and of another boat with more 200 people on 12 May 2014,[2] mark the significance and urgency of the problem of migration by sea. Indeed, thousands...