No. 610

Iran’s Threats to Close Hormuz Strait in the Balance of International Law

  • 1 August 2018

The Strait of Hormuz has not been immune to the international struggle to control straits and waterways. For centuries, it has played an important role in world trade. In the modern era, and following the emergence of oil in the Gulf region, regional and international conflicts raged to dominate the navigational corridors. Iran, whose political and military position has grown in recent years, has issued repeated threats that it could close the Strait of Hormuz if its vital interests are endangered.

Accordingly, it is important to address questions regarding the legal status of the Strait of Hormuz and the system that applies to it: Whether it is an international strait under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea or not; the extent to which being in the territorial waters of both Iran and Oman has affected the freedom of navigation in the strait and the fact that it is an international strait; the stance of international law toward Iran’s threats to close the strait; the impacts of these threats on regional neighbors and the international community as a whole; whether or not it is possible to establish liability in the face of Iran as a result of these threats; and the duties resting on the shoulders of the neighboring countries to confront these threats.

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