Fighting Maritime Piracy: Legal Ramifications

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Friday, April 1, 2011
Michael Plachta


As early as 1932, the eminent jurists participating in the Harvard Research project (hereinafter Harvard Draft) noted a variety of existing definitions of piracy.2  Despite numerous efforts undertaken by the international community over the past century the legal problems and practical difficulties arising from the lack of unanimity in this area continue until today.

            2              Harvard Research in International Law: Draft Convention on Piracy, 26 Am. J. of Int’l L., Supplement (1932), at 749: It suffices here to give advance warning of the great variety of opinions as to the scope of the term and to emphasize the important difference between piracy in the sense of the law of nations and piracy under municipal law.  Id.