high seas

high seas

The seas or oceans beyond the jurisdiction of any country.

? Under traditional international law, the high seas began 3 miles from the coast; today, the distance is generally accepted to be 12 miles. Under the 1982 U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, coastal shores now have a 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

¡ª Also termed free seas; open seas; main sea. [Cases: Criminal Law 97(3); International Law 5, 7. C.J.S. Criminal Law ¡ì 164; International Law ¡ì¡ì 14¨C20, 23¨C24.]


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