The Pre-History of Piracy as a Crime & Its Definitional Odyssey

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Michael J. Kelly

Creighton University School of Law; American Society of International Law

Date Written: November 14, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Michael J., The Pre-History of Piracy as a Crime & Its Definitional Odyssey (November 14, 2013). Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524531

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