Piracy and International Maritime Crimes in ASEAN
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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.
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Chapter 2: Global conventions on piracy, ship hijacking, hostage taking and maritime terrorism

J. Ashley Roach

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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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