The international legal authority for states to fight and prevent sea piracy and other illegal acts related to maritime violence at sea derives from several instruments. This book provides a nice overview of the current state of the legislation on the fight against maritime piracy.
The book has a strong legal focus and is very interesting for lawyers, attorneys and legal scholars. The authors are respected academics and practitioners with proven track records. Some of them, such as Eugene Kontorovich and Milena Sterio, are legal scholars known for decades for their research in the domain of the fight against piracy. Others have developed an expertise in the field of war crimes prosecutions.
Remarkably, the book is still easy-to-read and the reader doesn’t need to have any specialist knowledge. An important characteristic to be stressed is the logical fashion in which the text is divided into parts, and then subdivided into chapters, which very much aids for the reader who wishes to go through the text from beginning to end, and those who prefer to go straight to one of the issues discussed in the volume.
The book is unique in that respect that it is one of the first works really focusing on the prosecution of pirates, seeking to provide the reader with a detailed explanation on all relevant legal issues arising throughout the process of prosecuting individual pirates. It thus differs from other recently published works that rather focus on the legal framework surrounding piracy or that view piracy prosecutions through the lens of maritime terrorism instead of as crimes to be prosecuted under domestic piracy legislation.