Since 2007, there has been a steady increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia. The recent capture and slaying of four Americans has focused America’s, and the world’s, attention on the issue. The international legal framework in place to respond to such situations, and the laws relating to oceans in general, are dealt with in numerous print and online sources. Here are just a few:
Cornell Legal Information Institute Admiralty Law - Provides an overview of the topic along with links to primary federal, state, and international material.
Admiralty and Maritime Law Guide (WWW Virtual Library) - Includes over 1,500 annotated links to admiralty law resources on the internet and a growing database of admiralty case digests, opinions, and international maritime conventions.
U. N. Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea - Includes the text of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and other international agreements; reports of the U.N. Secretary General; General Assembly resolutions and decisions; and other official U.N. records and documents relating to oceans and the law of the sea.
International Maritime Organization - Features extensive links to piracy sources.
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