Countering Persistent Contemporary Sea Piracy: Expanding Jurisdictional Regimes

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Joseph M. Isanga

Concordia University School of Law

Date Written: December 9, 2009

Abstract

As long as pirates perceive that the international community is unwilling or lacking the capacity to prosecute, piracy will continue to thrive. It is evident that piracy threatens international trade and maritime life throughout the world. Not only does piracy cause substantial disruption and loss to the world economy, which is heavily reliant on maritime shipping, it also leads to escalating costs associated with increasingly steep ransom demands and higher insurance premiums. This article recommends various normative and procedural reforms and, in particular, advocates for the expansion of the jurisdiction of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as a permanent forum for the prosecution of suspected pirates.

Keywords: pirates, piracy, ITLOS, maritime shipping

Suggested Citation

Isanga, Joseph, Countering Persistent Contemporary Sea Piracy: Expanding Jurisdictional Regimes (December 9, 2009). American University Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 5, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2076715

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