Prospects for Cooperation
NUS Centre for International Law series
Edited by Robert Beckman and J. Ashley Roach
Chapter 2: Global conventions on piracy, ship hijacking, hostage taking and maritime terrorism
This chapter addresses three of the UN ‘counter- terrorism’ conventions that can be used to combat piracy and other serious international maritime crimes such as ship hijacking, the taking of crew members hostage for ransom, and unlawful acts against the safety of maritime navigation. These treaties are the 1979 International Convention against the Taking of Hostages (1979 Hostages Convention), the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (1988 SUA Convention), and the Protocol of 2005 to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (2005 SUA Protocol).
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