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Part II Maritime Security Law, 11 Piracy, Hijacking, and Armed Robbery Against Ships

Markiyan Z Kulyk

From: The IMLI Manual on International Maritime Law: Volume III: Marine Environmental Law and International Maritime Security Law

Edited By: David Joseph Attard, Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Norman Martinez, Riyaz Hamza

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 24 June 2024

Terrorism — Regional co-operation — Piracy — Ships / vessels — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

This chapter explores the history of maritime laws regarding piracy, as well as current international efforts to define and subdue it and other similar illegal acts against ships. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) piracy provisions, in particular Articles 100-107 and 110, form the foundation for the contemporary counter-piracy legal regime. They define the offence, rights, and obligations of States, including on cooperation in repression of piracy and on jurisdiction to prosecute pirates. The UNCLOS definition of piracy comprises four main elements: illegal act of violence; detention or depredation; private ends; involvement of two ships; and location at the high seas.

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