Journal Article

The Context of Contemporary Piracy

Jatin Dua and Ken Menkhaus

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 10, issue 4, pages 749-766
Published in print September 2012 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2012 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jicj/mqs050
The Context of Contemporary Piracy

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Piracy cannot be understood or addressed without knowledge of the political and socio-economic context of this criminal enterprise. Piracy economies are dynamic — the drivers, tactics and actors involved can and do change over time, necessitating counter-piracy strategies designed to adapt to these changes. Drawing on the Somalia case, we argue that anti-piracy responses to date have been only partially effective because they are not rooted in a sound understanding of the local political economy, because the benefits that accrue to pirates and their financial backers far outweigh the potential costs of capture, and because of the many legal impediments to effective disposition of captured pirates.

Journal Article.  8329 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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