Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea: The Legal Framework for Counter-Piracy Operations in Somalia and…

Hardcover | March 24, 2011

byRobin Geiss, Anna Petrig

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Since 2008 increasing pirate activities in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean have once again drawn the international community's attention to piracy and armed robbery at sea. States are resolved to repress these impediments to the free flow of trade and navigation. To this end anumber of multinational counter-piracy missions have been deployed to the region. This book describes the enforcement powers that States may rely upon in their quest to repress piracy in the larger Gulf of Aden region. The piracy rules of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the legal safeguards applicable to maritime interception operations arescrutinized before the analysis turns to the criminal prosecution of pirates and armed robbers at sea. The discussion includes so-called shiprider agreements, the transfers of alleged offenders to regional states, the jurisdictional bases for prosecuting pirates, and the feasibility of aninternational(ized) venue for their trial. In addressing a range of relevant issues, this book presents a detailed and comprehensive up-to-date analysis of the legal issues pertaining to the repression of piracy and armed robbery at sea and assesses whether the currently existing legal regime is still adequate to effectively counter piracyin the 21st century.

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Since 2008 increasing pirate activities in Somalia, the Gulf of Aden, and the Indian Ocean have once again drawn the international community's attention to piracy and armed robbery at sea. States are resolved to repress these impediments to the free flow of trade and navigation. To this end anumber of multinational counter-piracy missi...

Robin Geiss is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Formerly he worked as a legal adviser to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. Anna Petrig is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg (Germany), where she is in charg...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.07 inPublished:March 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199609529

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Current Efforts to Counter Piracy in Somalia and the Gulf of Adeni. Piracy in the Gulf of Adenii. Efforts to Counter Piracy in the Gulf of Adeniii. ConclusionPart II: Historic Evolution of Legal Rules Relating to Piracyi. Codification of Piracy Rules in the 20th Centuryii. Counter-Terrorism Rules Relevant for Violence against Ships and Persons on Boardiii. Regional Instrumentsiv. ConclusionPart III: Counter-Piracy Enforcement Powers and their Legal Constraintsi. Scope of Counter-Piracy Enforcement Powersii. Shiprider Agreementsiii. Legal Constraints on Counter-Piracy Enforcement PowersPart IV: The Criminal Prosecution of Pirates and Armed Robbers at Seai. Adjudicative Jurisdiction over Pirates and Armed Robbers at Seaii. Possible Venues for the Criminal Prosecution of Piracy Suspectsiii. Transfers of Piracy SuspectsConclusion