The freedom of the high seas1 has long been an asset to criminal activity, and is heavily associated with the crime of piracy. 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 modern forms of piracy and the maritime security offences developed under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The piracy of commercial shipping is an ancient practice, common when other forms of coastal economic activity are not as lucrative. The absence of official...
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