21st Century Piracy

April 1, 2011

Piracy Somali pirates and  have been getting a lot of media attention lately.  A new Somaliland pirate prison was recently opened with the financial assistance of the United Nations.  But piracy is not limited to the coast of Somalia or East Africa.

Jolly Roger

The International Chamber of Commerce - Commercial Crime Services division has an interesting Piracy Map pinpointing the location of pirate activity around the world, along with a detailed description of each incident.

You can search the MORRIS/Encore and Orbis catalogs for piracy material as well.  Relevant subject headings include:

  • Hijacking of ships
  • Hijacking of ships Somalia
  • Pirates
  • Pirates History
  • Pirates History 21st century

You will find books such as:

A search of the Index to Legal Periodicals turns up quite a few law review articles on piracy as well.  See, for example:

  • Dutton, Y. M. Pirates and impunity: Is the threat of asylum claims a reason to allow pirates to escape justice?  Fordham International Law Journal v. 34 no. 2 (January 2011) p. 236-9
  • Totten, C., et. al., Somali Piracy: Jurisdictional Issues, Enforcement Problems and Potential Solutions.  Georgetown Journal of International Law v. 41 no. 2 (Winter 2010) p. 377-424
  • Thedwall, C. Choosing the Right Yardarm: Establishing an International Court for Piracy. Georgetown Journal of International Law v. 41 no. 2 (Winter 2010) p. 501-23


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