Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2014

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50 Proceedings Spring 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings address port security — adjusted to meet the specifc needs of the governments with which it is conducted. The Future of International Port Security International port security cooperation at such levels has enhanced U.S. border security, but there are still many untapped benefts. Today, the IPS Program improves and develops partnerships within the U.S. government to fnd synergies among related Department of Defense and State Department components. Likewise, the Coast Guard is engaging with the United Nations and with other regional organizations to develop the Model Port Security Compendium as an international legislative standard. In this way, the International Port Secu- rity Program is furthering international port security part- nerships and strengthening border security by safeguard- ing ports frequented by commercial vessels. About the author: Mr. Stephen Cox is a civilian attorney with the Coast Guard's International Port Security Program. As legal section director, he coordinates interagency legal initiatives and represents the U.S. Coast Guard to governments and international organizations abroad. Prior to this assignment he was an admiralty law practitioner in New Orleans, La. Endnotes: 1. See 33 C.F.R. §101. 2. Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Progress Report, 2011. Available at www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/ assets/implementing-9-11-commission-report-progress-2011.pdf. international legislative best practices to provide a multina- tional sampling and restatement of laws that addresses ship and port security measure implementation and enforcement. Primarily, the MPSC is an analytical tool for IPS Program international legal assessments, but it has also proved valu- able in communicating detailed port security regulatory concepts to developing countries. Rather than a rigid cross- referenced code, the MPSC is a collection of stand-alone port security measures designed to allow for selective use and application under any legislative system. For example, it introduces model language to empower the national authority to conduct searches, make arrests, and prosecute violations. Similarly, the model discusses jurisdiction and procedure legal issues, before providing a sampling of draft legislation to define specific security-related crimes and associated penalties. The Model Port Security Compendium has been tested in several African, Asian, South American, and Caribbean countries that are already adapting its language to draft their own effective port security laws and regulations. Additionally, working in cooperation with the Asia Pacifc Economic Cooperation, the Coast Guard has also devel- oped a port security legislation workshop to engage policy makers and their legislative drafters in drafting effective port security laws and regulations. The workshop pro- vides stakeholders an intensive two-to three-day session to Spring2014_FINAL.indd 50 3/21/14 11:14 AM

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