13 April 2011 by -

The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed the idea of special courts to try captured Somali pirates but put off a decision on thorny details such as where to locate them.

A council resolution asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to report back within two months on how to prosecute suspects, widely seen as one of the weakest links in the international effort to combat the scourge of Somali piracy.

08 September 2010 by -

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02 June 2010 by -

The 107th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

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30 June 2010 by -

The world’s first pirate court opened in the Kenyan port town of Mombasa on Thursday. Set up with the help of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the high-security courtroom will hear cases of maritime piracy and other serious criminal offences.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

06 September 2010 by Kenneth Manusama

On 25 August 2010, the UN Secretary-General published a report at the behest of the UN Security Council (UNSC), on the available options ‘to further the aim of prosecuting and imprisoning persons responsible for acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia.’ This report can be seen as a summary of a debate that was started in 2009 within the confines of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia.

02 June 2010 by Sophie van Leeuwen

Dutch prosecutors demanded seven-year sentences last week against five Somali men on trial in the Netherlands on charges of piracy.

02 June 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

As five Somali men stand trial in Rotterdam charged with the attempted hijack of a Dutch Antilles freighter, international criminal lawyer Geert-Jan Knoops spoke to the IJT about solutions to piracy in international criminal law.

22 October 2014 by Karina Hof

For centuries, states have invoked universal jurisdiction to prosecute piracy in local courts. Yet the past few years have seen a change in tide, with more countries essentially outsourcing piracy cases to specially set up courts in Mauritius, Kenya and Seychelles. Five days before the start of UAE Counter-Piracy Week 2014 in Dubai, Michael Scharf, interim dean at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and chair of the Public International Law and Policy Group’s piracy working group, takes stock of recent perspectives on piracy. 

22 October 2014

Links to articles and PDF of IJT issue number 168.