Piracy in a Legal Context
Prosecution of Pirates Operating off the Somali Coast
Pages: 114 pages
Shipping Weight: 450 gram
ISBN (softcover) : 9789058506344
Piracy off the Somali coast has flourished since the Somali government collapsed in 1991. Somali pirates have been demanding million-dollar ransoms for the release of hostages, ships and cargoes. Naval ships patrolling in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean frequently capture pirates, but more than 90 per cent of the captured pirates have been released without facing trial.
This book examines Somali piracy and focuses on five possibilities for prosecution (i.e. prosecution in Somalia, the ICC, the flag State, third countries and an international piracy tribunal) of suspected Somali pirates within the framework of international law. The aim of this study is to paint a picture of the most preferable way to proceed on the prosecution of Somali pirates, in order to combat the international crime of piracy and to find a solution for impunity at national and international level.
Annemarie Middelburg graduated cum laude in July 2010 with this master thesis. She completed the master International and European Public Law with a specialization in human rights law at Tilburg University. She is currently a research master student at Tilburg University.