Library lecture about piracy in Somalia

Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy.The meeting’s central theme was the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.

Commodore Michiel Hijmans  discussed the operational aspects of military operations to combat piracy, focusing on NATO’s counter-piracy operations. Commodore Michiel Hijmans was Commanding Officer of the Standing NATO Maritime Group, conducting the sixth months operation `Ocean Shield´ (counter piracy), `Operation Active Endeavour´ (counter terrorism) and other operations. Marten Zwanenburg discussed the legal aspects of such operations.

Marten Zwanenburg is Senior Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Defense of the Netherlands. He holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Leiden.

Henny Baan discussed the prosecution of the arrested pirates. When prosecuting Somali pirates in the Netherlands, the Dutch criminal system is confronted with various novel questions of both domestic and international criminal law. Henny Baan is a Dutch Public Prosecutor to the Rotterdam District Court, responsible for the first prosecution in Europe in modern times for the ancient crime of attempted “sea robbery”.

Date: 10 January 2012
Time: 17.00-19.30
Organizer: JASON Institute, Peace Palace Library

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The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series consists of approximately four lectures a year about issues of international public law. Each lecture will start with a small reception in the library’s new reading room, followed by the lecture in the historical reading room. The Lecture Series are open to everyone and are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of international public law.