Part II Crimes, 3 Piracy and Maritime Safety Offences
- Piracy — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)
The crime of piracy is designed to ensure maintenance of the freedom of the high seas and suppress criminal activity that interferes with it. This chapter argues that piracy is the first historical example of a transnational crime. It discusses the history of the crime and then examines the elements of the modern forms of piracy and of the maritime security offences developed under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), exposing how the shortcomings of the former led to the development of the latter. The recent revival of depredation at sea, makes this discussion of significant practical importance.