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Anna Bowden
February 02, 2012

Economic Cost of Somali Piracy 2011

In 2011, Somali pirates attacked 237 ships and successfully hijacked 28. Piracy impacts multiple stakeholders, none more so than the seafarers attacked, held hostage, or killed.
Maisie Pigeon
January 01, 2012

Introduction to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs)

As the safety of ships, their crews, and cargo are increasingly put at risk of pirate attack, there has been a related spike in private counter piracy defense teams on board vessels transiting at-risk zones. In an attempt to clarify this emerging industry, we have begun to map the field, examining c...
Eugene Kontorovich
January 01, 2012

The Penalties for Piracy

The prosecution of Somali pirates has gone global. Today, ten nations on four continents have convicted Somalis who were involved in the epidemic of piracy and armed robbery at sea which began in 2008, and at least six other nations have cases pending.
Kaija Hurlburt
June 06, 2011

Human Cost of Somali Piracy 2010

Thousands of seafarers have been subjected to gunfire, beatings, confinement, and in some cases torture, in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. In spite of the violent nature of these crimes, the human cost of piracy is under-reported and misunderstood by the public.
Anna Bowden
January 13, 2011

The Economic Cost of Maritime Piracy 2010

At the end of 2010, around 6 pirates. 1 00 seafarers from more than 18 countries are being held hostage by Piracy clearly affects the world’s largest trade transport industry, but how much is it costing the world? One Earth Future the cost of piracy as part of its (OEF) Foundation has conducted a la...
Saorise de Bont
October 01, 2010

Prosecuting Pirates and Upholding Human Rights Law: Taking Perspective

Incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have increased in recent years, rising by 47% between 2005 and 2009. With a growing number of states involved in the determent and disruption of attacks, there is a need to outline their human rights obligations when engaging in counter-piracy operations,...
Nisar Majid
September 01, 2010

Livestock Trade in the Djibouti, Somali and Ethiopian Borderlands

The northern Somali livestock trade involves the annual export of at least $200 million worth of live animals through the ports of Berbera, Bosasso and Djibouti across the Gulf of Aden. This is said to be the largest movement of live animal – ‘on the hoof’ – trade anywhere in the world.
Charles Marts
August 10, 2010

Piracy Ransoms- Conflicting Perspectives

This paper presents both sides of the debate over whether States should allow payment of ransoms to pirates. United States Executive Order 13536 and other recent national and international legislation have brought increased awareness to this issue.
Egune Kontorovich
May 01, 2010

Equipment Articles for the Prosecution of Maritime Piracy

Somali pirates astound because their skiff-mounted attacks on state-of-the-art supertankers repeatedly yield multimillion dollar ransoms, and because they can basically count on getting away with it. Why? Because the legal framework that governs the high seas contains blatant gaps that currently mak...