Piracy and Legal Issues: Reconciling Public and Private Interests
Piracy off the Somali and West African coasts, and in South East Asia, continues to be a serious problem. Different actors - including governments, navies, ship owners and ship operators - have different interests in dealing with the problem.
The conference will consider the legal constraints applicable to these different actors and seeks to give a voice to, and reconcile, the sometimes conflicting interests of governments and the commercial sector.
The legal issues covered by the conference include:
- the international legal framework
- the responsibilities and rights of navies and the use of force
- shipriders; rights and responsibilities
- detention and prosecution of pirates
- the Human Rights obligations of governments
- legal constraints on owners, operators and insurers including the payment of ransoms
- legal liabilities regarding the provision of private security
- the distinction between piracy and terrorism
- regional and international co-operation
- the tracing of assets, including legal implications for governments and the international community