• New Publication: La criminalité en mer = Crimes at Sea

    September 9, 2014

    The Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy devoted its Session in 2012 to the issue of ‘Criminal Acts at Sea’. The present volume includes some of the outstanding products of their work. The chapters in this volume underscore the common challenges in international co-operation at the level with respect to crimes at sea identify a number of the potential shortcomings of the applicable international law.
     New Publication: La criminalité en mer = Crimes at sea

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  • Visit Royal Netherlands Navy (picture taken by Jeroen Vervliet)

    Hague Academy’s Centre for Studies and Research visits Royal Netherlands Navy

    September 7, 2012

    The Peace Palace Library together with the Hague Academy of International Law, organized a visit to the Royal Netherlands Navy in the port of Den Helder that took place on Monday. An activity very well suited to the subject of this year’s Centre for Studies and Research: Criminal Acts at Sea.

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  • Taiwanese trawler “FV Shiuh Fu No 1″, seized in December 2010 by Somali pirates

    Somalia’s Troubled Waters: Pirates, Foreign Illegal Fishing and Waste Dumping

    August 31, 2012

    The face of a modern pirate, is usually the face of a young man of Somali origin, a criminal and opportunist whose activities harm international shipping. But in Somali perception piracy is considered differently. Here is the image of the rebellious poor Somali fisherman whose fishing grounds have been illegally poached and plundered by foreign fishing trawlers and whose environment has been used as dumping ground for toxic and hazardous substances.

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  • Matthew Tindall, An Essay concerning the Laws of Nations, and the Rights of Soveraigns. With and Account of what was said at the Council-Board by the Civilians upon the Question, Whether their Majesties Subjects taken at Sea acting by the late King's Commisssion, might not be looked on als pirates ? With Reflections upon the Arguments of Sir T.P. and Dr. Ol., London, printed for Richard Baldwin near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane, 34 pages, 1694.

    Piracy: Some Titles from the Peace Palace Library’s Old and Rare Books Collection

    August 24, 2012

    The Egyptians did it, the Greek did it, the Romans did it: they all fought piracy. Even Julius Caesar himself was captured by pirates. After his ransom was paid, he went after them and had them crucified. At this moment researchers attending the Centre for Studies and Research of the Hague Academy of International Law are studying the topic: Criminal Acts at Sea, of which piracy is one aspect. To illustrate the historical background of piracy, we have selected four booklets for you from the Old Books collection of the Peace Palace Library.

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  • Criminal Acts at Sea: research topic of the 2012 Programme of the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations

    August 16, 2012

    On Monday 20 August 2012 the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations of the The Hague Academy of International Law will start. The Research Programme of this year is concerned with criminal acts at sea. Together with the two Directors of Studies of the research programme for 2012, Dr. Kimberley N. TRAPP (Lecturer at Newnham College, University of Cambridge) for the French-speaking section and Dr. Efthymios PAPASTAVRIDIS (Lecturer at University of Thrace and Research Fellow at Academy of Athens) for the English-speaking section, the participants will concern themselves with the various aspects of law which are related to criminal acts at sea.

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  • Library lecture about piracy in Somalia

    Fifth lecture about piracy in Somalia: The meeting’s central theme was the international community’s efforts in combating and prosecuting pirates.

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  • Pirates, Buccaneers and Privateers : Concepts of International Law

    January 6, 2012

    Establishing an authoritative definition of “piracy” in international law has always been rather problematic. The definition is relevant, because any confusion in terminology invariably leads to debates between State sovereignty and universal jurisdiction over crimes at sea. The various international law meanings of piracy are derived from, among others, international treaties, and various municipal law meanings are defined by statutes and State practice.

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  • Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy

    December 13, 2011

    Fighting and Prosecuting Pirates: An Evening about Piracy, plus Book Launch of “Internationaal Publiekrecht als Wereldrecht” by Prof. Nico Schrijver. On 10 January 2012 at the Peace Palace.

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  • Call for an UN Piracy Tribunal

    May 19, 2009

    Five Somalis are currently on trial in the Netherlands after they failed to hijack a freighter sailing under the Dutch Antilles flag in January. The pirates have expressed their satisfaction with their prison cells, and at least one of them has said he wants to stay in the Netherlands after he is released and hopes […]

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  • Piracy

    April 24, 2008

    The history of piracy goes back in the library collection till 1816. Still the oceans are unsafe, especially the Somali coast is crowded with modern pirates with guns and grenades. As in the old days kidnapping and piracy are lucrative businesses, if a ransom is paid.

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