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Hierarchical Display of Gambia

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The Legal History of Gambia

This section provides an overview of Gambia

Agreement With Gambia in 2011

United States views on international law (based on the document “Digest of U.S. Practice in International Law”): On October 10, 2011, the United States and the Republic of Gambia concluded an agreement concerning cooperation to suppress illicit transnational maritime activity. Article 2 of the agreement provides that:

The object of this Agreement is to promote cooperation between the Parties for the purpose of enabling them to more effectively suppress, combat and respond to illicit transnational maritime activity, including without limitation trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.

The agreement contains shiprider provisions to permit members of the “security forces” of one Party to embark on the ships or aircraft of the other Party to conduct joint maritime law enforcement operations. “Security forces” is defined to mean the Coast Guard for the United States and the Armed and Security Forces of The Gambia, including Naval components, Department of Fisheries, National Drug Enforcement Agency, and other departments and agencies. The agreement also authorizes the Coast Guard, under certain conditions, to investigate, board, and search suspect vessels in Gambia’s waters if no Gambian official is on the Coast Guard ship. In such circumstances, the agreement authorizes the Coast Guard to detain the vessel, cargo, and persons on board if evidence of illicit transnational maritime activity is found pending instructions from the Republic of The Gambia Security Force.


The agreement is also a shipboarding agreement. It authorizes the security forces of each Party, under certain circumstances, to board, search, and detain suspect vessels in international waters that claim nationality of the other Party. “International waters” is defined as “all parts of the sea not included in the territorial sea, internal waters and archipelagic waters of a State.” The agreement further authorizes security forces of a Party to detain suspect ships, cargo, and persons on board pending instructions from the other Party’s security forces. The agreement is available at (internet link)

Agreement With Gambia

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Territorial Regimes and Related Issues

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Law of the Sea and Related Boundary Issues

Under this topic, in the Encyclopedia, find out information on Maritime Security and Law Enforcement. Note: there is detailed information and resources, in relation with these topics during the year 2011, covered by the entry, in this law Encyclopedia, about Agreement with Gambia


See Also

  • Territorial Regimes And Related Issues
  • Law Of The Sea
  • Boundary Issues
  • Maritime Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Gambia


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  • Legal System
  • Country
  • Jurisdiction
  • Immigration
  • Consulate


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  • Legal Biography
  • Legal Traditions
  • Historical Laws
  • History of Law

Further Reading


Concept of Gambia

See the dictionary definition of Gambia.

Characteristics of Gambia

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Translation of Gambia

Thesaurus of Gambia

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See also

  • Republic of the Gambia

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