Communis Hostis Omnium

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“A study in the legal and practical problems associated with piracy off the coast of Somalia and elsewhere. It examines some of the root causes of piracy, attempts to prevent or stop attacks, and mechanisms for the prosecution of suspected pirates. The prosecution of suspected pirates raises a myriad of legal issues that begin with arrest and collection of evidence, proper venue and jurisdiction, to name but a few."

Author: Matteo Crippa and Roger Phillips are legal officers and greffiers at UNAKRT-United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. They are based in Cambodia. Jon Bellish, project officer of the Denver-based One Earth Future Foundation's Oceans Beyond Piracy project, also contributes posts.

Related Categories: International Courts/Tribunals | Admiralty & Maritime Law | Criminal Justice | International | Africa

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Two prisoners watch lawyer walk out of prison.

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  • 9.01%
    "I asked for help keeping my head up, but I should have been more specific."
  • 49.7%
    "How did the meeting with your attorney go?" "He said these balloons had a better chance of getting me out than he did."