Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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Although not the last of the essays, Oliver J. Lissitzyn's article serves as an excellent conclusion to McWhinney's collection of essays and materials. We are reminded that the first objective of any convention on hijacking should be to provide for the safety of innocent persons and that the second objective is to prevent hijacking. Moreover, international law already requires what is being demanded of countries by the new anti-hijacking conventions. The difficult and complex problem of deterring and, thus, preventing hijacking cannot be considered as an absolute value that overrides basic human rights and values. The multilateral international convention may not be the most effective method, and ought not be exclusively relied on in the world community's effort to solve the practical problems of hijacking.