noun (plural maria clausa /ˌmɑːrɪə ˈklaʊsə/ /ˈklɔːzə/)Law
The sea that is under the jurisdiction of a particular country.
- The Dutch East India Company, though nominally under Dutch authority, was clearly a state in Asia and asserted mare clausum not only around the Spice Islands but also in parts of the Indian Ocean.
- The article analyzes the legal and political standing of the Soviet juridical theory of mare clausum as applied to the Baltic Sea.
- In this guarded fashion the claim that the seas of the world outside Europe were Iberian maria clausa was breached.
Latin, 'closed sea'.
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