The Pre-History of Piracy as a Crime & Its Definitional Odyssey
20 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 14, 2013
This essay traces the origins of the legal definition of piracy as an international crime from its origins to the present day disputes among federal courts within the United States over how to define piracy. Customary law definitions are examined as well as that contained in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Keywords: piracy, crime, international, maritime, customary law, law of the sea, violence, looting, Somalia, Kenya, jus cogens
JEL Classification: K14, K33, K00, K42
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