Groningen Journal of International Law

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How Should International Law Deal with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)?

Daiana Seabra Venancio

The recent incident with the KRI Nanggala Indonesian submarine highlighted the dangerous situations that the crews of underwater vehicles may encounter. Moreover, when submarines sink, the limited oxygen supply and rescue conditions are more complicated than in ordinary shipping accidents. For this reason, unmanned vehicles in the deep sea are not only ideal but should become a standard in the future to safeguard human life and allow operations in some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet.  

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