Craig H. Allen

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Judson Falknor Professor of Law

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  • Jan 27, 2016


    Iran’s supreme leader is hailing his hard-line paramilitary forces as heroes for their arrest of 10 American sailors at gunpoint, but an emerging consensus of U.S. legal experts believe the provocative act was a dangerous violation of international law that has so far gone without repercussions. (1/27/16)
  • Dec 28, 2015


    A B-2 bomber of the U.S. military flew over a South China Sea area which China claims its own, resulting in strong protest from Beijing.
    Pentagon officials told the Wall Street Journal they were investigating why one of two B-52s flew closer to the Cuarteron Reef than planned.
  • Dec 19, 2015

    Source: Navy Times

    The destroyer Lassen's vaunted patrol within the 12-nautical-mile limit of China's man-made South China Sea islands in October was the first challenge of China's sovereignty over the Spratly Islands since the land-reclamation began. (12/19/15)
  • Oct 19, 2015

    Source: NYSE Post

  • Oct 17, 2015

    Source: USA Today

    The U.S. and China have been locked in a battle of words since reports surfaced this month that the Navy was ready to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. (10/17/15)
  • Jul 22, 2014

    Source: Maritime Executive

    In 2013 the Chinese government merged four maritime safety, security and law enforcement agencies to form the China Coast Guard. Just one year later, neighboring South Korea moved to dismantle its 60-year-old Coast Guard. That two rising Asian maritime powers have so recently come to opposite conclusions regarding how best to organize their maritime safety and security forces is remarkable. It gives new meaning to strategy discussions as the U.S. Coast Guard’s new senior leadership team takes command and the service prepares to celebrate its 224th birthday on August 4th. (7/22/14)
  • Apr 18, 2014

    Source: NPR

    Cowardice comes in many forms, but there's a special sense of shame reserved for captains who abandon ship. South Korean authorities have arrested Capt. Lee Jun-Seok, who was one of the first to flee from the ferry as it sank on Wednesday. "I can't lift my face before the passengers and family members of those missing," Lee told reporters. The incident came two years after Francesco Schettino, the captain of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia, was charged with manslaughter and abandoning ship — charges he denies. The ship ran aground off the Italian coast in 2012, killing 32 people.
    Has the old idea that captains should not abandon ship itself been abandoned?
    "I'm kind of flummoxed that a master of a passenger ship anywhere in the world would not understand his obligation extends until that last person is safely off the ship," says Craig Allen, director of the Arctic Law & Policy Institute at the University of Washington.
  • Feb 28, 2014

    Source: KING 5

    Could the captain of a giant container ship stand on a virtual bridge located inside an office building and look out over the middle of the ocean on realistic high definition computer screens, ahead on his ship's path?  That is the concept of the future Rolls-Royce is contemplating. (2/28/14)

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