Conference Report

Chatham House

This conference report is drawn from the Piracy and Legal Issues conference held at Chatham House on 1-2 October 2009.

While the conference focused on piracy off the coast of Somalia, it was not confined to it, recognising that there has been a resurgence of piracy attacks in other parts of the world.

The conference addressed legal issues concerning piracy, and, in particular:

  • whether there is sufficient coordination between the private (commercial and personal) interests and the public (governmental) interests involved and whether these interests can be reconciled and;
  • whether the legal regimes relating to piracy are sufficient or need to be updated.