freedom of the seas
- The privilege enjoyed by commercial vessels to navigate any oceanic regions, with the exception of territorial waters, regardless of peacetime or war
- While the private yacht enjoyed freedom of the seas, it was careful not to encroach upon territorial waters.
- Despite the ongoing conflict, the trade vessel maintained its freedom of the seas, continuing its journey across the open ocean.
- The principle of freedom of the seas allows commercial ships to travel unimpeded, except when approaching territorial waters.