in Comparative Perspective:
Problems, Strategies, Law


Charles H. Norchi
Professeur à l’école de droit de l'Université du Maine
(Etats unis d'amérique)

Gwenaële Proutière-Maulion
de l’Université de Nantes

  Septembre 2012 - 448 pages
Ean - Isbn13 : 978-2-233-00650-9 ;
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Cet ouvrage relatif à la piraterie est le résultat d’un travail commun des universités de droit du Maine (Etats-Unis d’Amérique) et de Nantes (France). Les auteurs tant anglophones que francophones ont souhaité écrire en anglais, langage qui avec le français fait partie des deux langues de travail des Nations Unis et par extension du droit international. Les éditions A.Pedone, éditeur francophone de droit international, ont respecté ce choix et se sont associées – afin de conserver la qualité éditoriale de ses publications – aux éditions Hart publishing, éditeur britannique en droit international. Afin d'en informer le lecteur, l’ensemble de la présentation de cet ouvrage est en langue anglaise.


Piracy in Comparative Perspective: Problems, Strategies, Law
presents a comprehensive approach to an age old disruption of the order of the oceans that was known to ancient Greece, Persia, the first Indian Empire, the Han Dynasty of China and the early European maritime powers. Many of the norms proscribing piratical acts that are codified in contemporary international law are vestiges of those earlier periods. Yet contemporary maritime piracy is more complex and intense. The International Maritime Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce reported 439 reports of actual piracy attacks in 2011, most Somali based, and a higher number of attempts. This book presents perspectives on the problem by contributors from four continents, diverse legal cultures, and multiple disciplines.
This volume appraises piracy from the comparative perspectives of those disciplines and from the standpoint of key participants in the social processes that are plagued by piracy-mariners, navies, ship owners and operators, policy makers and lawyers. Decision-making and operational measures cannot be separated from piracy’s origins and continuing social impact. Thus the contributors bring clarity to the problem through the lenses of history, development, law, maritime security, fisheries, economics and ocean commerce. Maritime piracy initiatives are generating a great number of operational and institutional counter-measures and the diversity of stakeholder interests often complicates proposed solutions. Against that backdrop the contributors examine strategies – the range of available modalities to address and correct the problem – through the lenses of naval power, port state control, penal systems and development.
And they appraise law – both national and international authoritative decisionmaking – viewing state practice, international regulations, tribunal judgments, custom and international conventions from the comparative perspectives of Africa, India, England, France and the United States.

Piracy in Comparative Perspective: Problems, Strategies, Law is a collaboration of the Centre for Maritime and Oceanic Law (CDMO) of the University of Nantes (France) and the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law of the University of Maine School of Law (United States), prepared under the direction of Professor Charles H. Norchi and Dr. Gwenaële Proutiere-Maulion.

Table of contents
About the Authors

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Piracy in Comparative Perspective
I. The Problem and the Trends
1. The Enemy of All Mankind by Dominique Gaurier
2. Plague of Pirates – A Primer by Tom Tulloch 
3. The Tuna Fishery and Piracy by E. Chassot, P. Guillotreau, D. Kaplan, T. Vallée
4. Concerns, Consequences, and Resolutions to Somali Piracy by Martin Murphy
II. Participants and Perspectives
5. Seafarers: Piracy Protection by Patrick Chaumette
6. Shipowners: the Piracy Challenge by Simon Delfau
7. The Shipping Industry and Piracy by Arthur Bowring and Alexander Mckinnon
8. The Indian Subcontinent and Counter-Piracy: The Indian Perspective by Fozia Nazir Lone
9. Perspectives From Central and West Africa by Claude Kirongozi Ichalanga
III. Strategies
10. Comparative Counter-Piracy Strategy: European, American, African, and Asian Approaches by James Kraska
11. Operation Atalanta by Cédric Leboeuf 
12. Port State Control by Z. Oya Özçayir
13. The Global Insurance Industry by Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit 
14. The Role of Media and Communications by Edward Girardet 
IV. Law
15. Challenges of Jurisdiction and Prosecution by Michael J. Stepek
16. The New French Law on Piracy by Valérie Boré Eveno 
17. United States Law on Piracy by Timothy Steigelman 
18. A Holistic Approach to Piracy: Toward a Public Order of Human Dignity through Corporate Social Responsibility by Gwenaële Proutière-Maulion 
Piracy and the Public Order of the Oceans by Charles H. Norchi 
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