Piracy Off Somalia: UN Security Council Resolution 1816 and IMO Regional Counter-Piracy Efforts
International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol. 57, pp. 690-699, 2008
Posted: 19 Apr 2010
Date Written: 2008
Concerns raised in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have now led to two legal instruments which may play a significant role in regional counter-piracy. UN Security Council Resolution 1816 uses Chapter VII powers to authorize foreign military and law-enforcement action in the Somalian territorial sea to repress piracy and armed robbery at sea over an initial six month period. In parallel, an IMO-organized African regional conference has produced a draft Memorandum of Understanding on piracy which, despite its non-binding form, could create practical and effective structures to combat piracy in the region. Understanding both instruments requires a brief discussion of the situation in Somalia and the international law of piracy.
Keywords: international law, law of the sea, piracy, security council, Somalia
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