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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Piracy

Ivan Shearer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 11 December 2018

Subject(s):
Security assistance — Piracy — Jurisdiction of states, universality principle — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Piracy is an act of robbery, or other act of violence or depredation, committed at sea, otherwise than in war, launched from one vessel to another, and committed for the purpose of private gain. It is the first crime to have been recognized as a crime against international law and subject to universal jurisdiction ( Jurisdiction of States ). It was described as follows in the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ) in 1927 by Judge Moore in The ‘Lotus’ Case (France v Turkey) (PCIJ Series A No 10; Lotus, The ): Piracy by the law of nations, in its...
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