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In June of 2018, One Earth Future (OEF) decommissioned the Oceans Beyond Piracy program marking our departure from a specific focus on maritime piracy. However, OEF remains dedicated to improving governance mechanisms and undermining the drivers of conflict both at sea and ashore through its other programs and initiatives.

For maritime specific programming, see our Stable Seas and Secure Fisheries programs.

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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 PaperNoah D. Lombardo
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 PaperSaorise 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 PaperCharles 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 PaperEugene Kontorovich
8/1/11
Borrowing from Civil Aviation Security: Does International Law Governing Airline Hijacking Offer Solutions to the Modern Maritime Piracy Epidemic of the Coast of Somalia?

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to spiral into an increasingly threatening international crisis, with attacks in the Gulf of Aden increasing during the first half of 2011. While more states have been prosecuting pirates in their national courts during...

Working PaperRichard L. Kilpatrick Jr.
5/1/10
Equipment Articles for the Prosecution of Maritime Piracy

Somali pirates astound because their skiff-mounted attacks on state-of-the-art supertankers repeatedly yield multimillion dollar ransoms, and because they can basically count on getting away with it. Why? Because the legal framework that governs the high seas contains...

Working PaperEugene Kontorovich
4/4/13
Towards a Regional Solution to Somali Piracy: Challenges and Opportunities

Piracy has topped the international agenda since 2008, when Somali piracy resurfaced as a major threat to global shipping, humanitarian aid delivery, and the well-being of seafarers. The international community responded to this threat with crisis response operations in...

Working PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Liza Kane-Hartnett
9/10/13
The Cost of Piracy: Moving from Mitigation to Investment

Both the human and economic costs of piracy off the coast of Somalia have been reduced, at high expense, through the use of armed guards and continued adherence to Best Management Practices (BMP) by industry, more aggressive actions by navies, and positive developments...

Working PaperJon Huggins
5/23/18
State of Maritime Piracy 2017

The State of Maritime Piracy 2017 report includes analyses of the economic and human costs of piracy and armed robbery in the Western Indian Ocean Region, West Africa, Asia, and Latin American and the Caribbean.

This report is the last in a series of 11 annual...

State of Maritime PiracyMaisie Pigeon, Emina Sadic, Sean Duncan, Chuck Ridgway, Kelsey Soeth
6/6/16
The State of Maritime Piracy 2015

This year's report marks the sixth year that Oceans Beyond Piracy has assessed the human and economic cost of maritime piracy. Over the years the report has evolved and our focus has expanded from piracy off the coast of Somalia to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and...

State of Maritime PiracyCarly Meredith, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Marilyn Venney, Matt Walje, Peter Kerins
5/8/14
The State of Maritime Piracy 2013

Oceans Beyond Piracy has launched the fourth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of African maritime piracy. The study, "The State of Maritime Piracy 2013," examines the human costs and economic costs incurred as a result of piracy...

State of Maritime PiracyJens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Ben Purser, Heather Randall & Kellie Roy

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