OBP strives to produce objective, well-researched studies on a number of topics related to piracy and maritime security. Below you will find our body of work.
|4/29/14||West Africa Information Sharing
In response to the continued challenges of piracy and armed robbery in West Africa, a number of initiatives have been developed both regionally and internationally. Among the most prominent initiatives are the International Information Sharing Centers that are currently...
|Infographic||Gregory Clough and Timothy Schommer|
|11/5/13||Oceans Beyond Piracy: An Overview
Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) is a project of the One Earth Future Foundation, a self-funded, non-profit organization based near Denver, Colorado, USA. OBP was launched in 2010 with the mission of assisting in the development of a sustainable, long-term solution to maritime...
|9/5/13||Somali Piracy - Are we at the End Game?
Recognizing the decrease in pirate attacks, this paper evaluates the current status of counter-piracy initiatives and attempts to answer the question, have we reached the End Game?
|Working Paper||Jon Huggins and Liza Kane-Hartnett|
|11/21/14||Underreporting of Crimes at Sea: Reasons, Consequences, and Potential Solutions
The increase in global maritime piracy, particularly in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa, has developed into a serious threat to maritime shipping, demanding the attention of international organizations and states around...
|Working Paper||Noah D. Lombardo|
|9/16/16||The Power of Networks in Maritime Security
Understanding the Somali piracy crisis could make crossing the Mediterranean safer for refugees. Although the Mediterranean migration crisis is very different from maritime piracy, many of the same groups are impacted. The lessons of counter-piracy suggest that by...
|Working Paper||Jens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle|
|1/31/17||Addressing Maritime Insecurity in the Horn of Africa
Recent incidents involving vessels off the Horn of Africa do not reflect traditional forms of piracy, signaling an evolving threat to maritime security in the region that could lead to major maritime disruptions if an effective response is not developed. OBP highlights...
|7/1/10||Hybrid Tribunals to Combat Regional Maritime Piracy: Guiding the Rule of Law Through the Rocks and Shoals
Maritime piracy continues to afflict the modern world. Basing their operations in places like Somalia, modern pirates have been able to launch attacks on ships traveling some of the world’s most trafficked waterways. The international community has created an interim...
|Working Paper||Andrew Lee|
|9/1/10||Prosecuting Pirates and Upholding Human Rights Law: Taking Perspective
Incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia have increased in recent years, rising by 47% between 2005 and 2009. With a growing number of states involved in the determent and disruption of attacks, there is a need to outline their human rights obligations when engaging...
|Working Paper||Saorise de Bont|
|8/1/10||Piracy Ransoms- Conflicting Perspectives
This paper presents both sides of the debate over whether States should allow payment of ransoms to pirates. United States Executive Order 13536 and other recent national and international legislation have brought increased awareness to this issue. This paper does not...
|Working Paper||Charles Marts|
|1/1/12||The Penalties for Piracy
The prosecution of Somali pirates has gone global. Today, ten nations on four continents have convicted Somalis who were involved in the epidemic of piracy and armed robbery at sea which began in 2008, and at least six other nations have cases pending. Any nation can...
|Working Paper||Eugene Kontorovich|