Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN

Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN

Prospects for Cooperation

NUS Centre for International Law series

Edited by Robert Beckman and J. Ashley Roach

Southeast Asian waters are critical for international trade and the global economy. Combating maritime crimes has always been a priority as well as a challenge for ASEAN member states. While much emphasis has been placed on enhancing operational cooperation against maritime crimes, the need for an effective legal framework to combat such maritime crimes has not been sufficiently examined. This book demonstrates that ASEAN member states can establish a legal framework to combat maritime crimes by ratifying and effectively implementing relevant global and regional conventions. It also explores the issues that ASEAN member states, and ASEAN as an organization, face in establishing such a framework and suggests suitable steps that can be taken to address such issues.

Chapter 4: International legal cooperation to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa

Jacobsson Marie

Subjects: law - academic, criminal law and justice, maritime law


The cooperative measures which have been taken by the international community to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa, including the problems which have arisen in arresting, prosecuting and punishing persons who attack ships off the Horn of Africa, are plentiful. Neither the magnitude of the measures, nor the number of actors, is likely to be known to those who do not work with the issues on a daily basis. Only a few years ago, the situation was entirely different. Until around 2008, the security situation off the coast of Somalia was largely neglected by the international community – with the one exception of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which voiced concern at an early stage about the situation there. The aim of this chapter is to present some of these cooperative measures with a particular emphasis on the contribution made by the European Union. In order to give a legal perspective on the mandate to take such measures, we will have to revert briefly to their legal foundation.

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