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Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia: The Argument for Pirate Prosecutions in the National Courts of Kenya, The Seychelles, and Mauritius

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Milena Sterio

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, US
About Milena
Associate Professor of Law. J.D. & Maitrise en droit, Cornell Law School and Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, magna cum laude; Master’s degree, Private International Law, Université Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne, cum laude. The author would like to thank the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law library staff for excellent research assistance, and in particular, Amy Burchfield. The author would also like to thank the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law for its support in funding the trip to the Seychelles, and in thereby enhancing the research associated with this paper.
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Abstract

This Article will argue that, in order to combat the rise of Somali piracy, major maritime nations should rely on national prosecutions of Somali pirates in the courts of stable regional partners, such as Kenya, the Seychelles, and Mauritius.  A systematic transfer program and prosecutions in the national courts of several regional partners would preclude the possibility of pirate catch-and-release, and could ultimately provide enough deterrence to seriously dissuade young Somali men from engaging in piracy.  The Somali pirates, enemies of all mankind, may find potent foes in the form of Kenyan, Seychellois, and Mauritian prosecutors, who will subject pirates to prosecutions on behalf of all mankind.

How to Cite: Sterio, M., 2012. Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia: The Argument for Pirate Prosecutions in the National Courts of Kenya, The Seychelles, and Mauritius. Amsterdam Law Forum, 4(2), pp.104–123. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.224
Published on 01 Mar 2012.
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