Maritime security research, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, has fascinated me for many years. Maritime security is often reduced to counter-piracy activities. However, that is only a very small part of the picture. In my research, I try to point out links between illicit activities and a lack of law enforcement at sea.
Maritime piracy in Africa: A case study of the Gulf of Aden, Somalia
British Library EThOS: Jurisdiction over maritime piracy in international law
Maritime crime is a worldwide problem and can range from people smuggling to drug trafficking but in the past decade we have seen a resurgence of Piracy in certain regions of the world. Here we discuss the categories of crime, of which piracy forms just one:. International law assumes that sovereign states use their powers for legitimate purposes but in practice these forces can be criminal when viewed through international law and when used for individuals' private ends. Iranian forces interfering with legitimate traffic operating around its coastlines. Nigerian customs officials boarding vessel on the pre-text of official business in order to extort a payment. State forces landing on disputed land territories or dominating the seas around them in order to claim customary use of the waters; a lever to make a claim to the lands in international law.
William Lusk , University of Central Florida. Pirates, somalia, indonesia, united states, nato, maritime law, al shabbab, maritime terrorism, vessel hijacking. Maritime piracy, a phenomenon which has plagued free maritime trade for thousands of years, has entered a new age of sophistication and global reverberation. These acts of illegal criminal activity in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries yield a significant profit margin for the perpetrators while creating considerable cost for ransom payments, security measures, capital, and human life. The classification of maritime pirates, as either criminals hoping to gain financial income or terrorists hoping to usher in political change, is warranted and compelling.
Restricted access. This thesis is an examination of the international law of maritime piracy. The thesis argues that maritime piracy in international law is primarily a question of jurisdiction.
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