The Operation of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Series Volume 2
Volume Two: Report on the Law
By ED Brown and NJJ Gaskell
ISBN 0 906940 37 0, Softbound, 2000
Order Reference C23, Price £80.00*, Members £72*
This report was commissioned to provide the Natural Environment Research Council’s Autosub programme with an up–to–date review on the law relating to autonomous underwater vehicles. AUV operations are sufficiently novel that guidance on operating practice and the legal constraints that may apply has been rather scarce.
By the nature of the commission, the report focuses on the national and international legal regimes applicable to a UK operator and as they appertain to an autonomous vehicle engaged in marine scientific research, such as Autosub. Nevertheless, much of this authoritative publication is relevant to the international operation of an AUV of any nationality and it will also prove valuable to commercial operators.
As an aid to dialogue, it should also prove valuable to those in the maritime law community interested in the questions posed by this exciting new underwater technology.