Detention of Iranian Oil Tanker and its Implications

July 4, 2019 was marked by the British Marines seizure of an oil tanker Grace 1, purported to be carrying Iranian oil to Syria, in violation of EU sanction laws at the port of Gibraltar. In what many perceived as a reciprocal move by Iran, the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) on July 19, 2019, seized two oil tankers, one registered in the UK, the other in Liberia, in the Strait of Hormuz, marking a dramatic escalation in the rising tensions in the Gulf. This article chronicles these two events and studies it from a position of International law.

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