Monday, December 1, 2014

Towards an International Piracy Tribunal

Vol. 22, Issue 3, October 2014
Introduction: The number of pirates from Somalia acting in and around the Arabian Sea and Arab Gulf seems to have grown exponentially in recent years, catching numerous headlines and the world's attention in the process.  Although naval powers have devoted substantial energy and resources to conducting various enforcement missions, little has been done to prosecute their captured pirates.  At present, the capturing powers usually either release pirates shortly after they are captured or 'dump' them for trial at a developing African country.  This practice hardly can be said to provide an effective deterrence to piracy.  To aid in deterring these pirates through proper prosecution, the establishment of an international judicial organisation in the region - perhaps in Qatar - that focuses specifically on these types of crimes and criminals might be helpful in terms of convenience and legitimacy.  This article is the first to explore this possibility from a legal perspective...

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