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Assertion of Jurisdiction by the United States Over Foreign Vessels Seized Pursuant to a Special Arrangement

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The United States may structure a Special Arrangement so as to enable it to assert jurisdiction over a vessel seized on behalf of a foreign state, once the foreign state waives its jurisdiction.

Once the United States asserts jurisdiction over a seized vessel, it must comply with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.

Updated July 9, 2014