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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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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
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 PaperJon Huggins and Liza Kane-Hartnett
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 PaperJens Vestergaard Madsen and Conor Seyle
6/22/12
Human Cost of Somali Piracy 2011

The latest version of the joint study by Oceans Beyond Piracy and the International Maritime Bureau was launched at the International Maritime Organization’s headquarters in London on June 22, 2012 and details the plight of seafarers at the hands of Somali pirates. The...

State of Maritime PiracyKaija Hurlburt
5/2/17
State of Maritime Piracy 2016

This 2016 study represents the seventh year in the State of Maritime Piracy report series. Since the beginning of the series, the scope of research has expanded to include analysis of the economic and human costs of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean Region, West Africa...

State of Maritime PiracyMaisie Pigeon, Dirk Siebels, Emina Sadic, John Hoopes, Sean Duncan, Kelsey Soeth
6/8/15
The State of Maritime Piracy 2014

Oceans Beyond Piracy has launched the fifth installment of its annual reports detailing the economic and human costs of maritime piracy. "The State of Maritime Piracy 2014" examines both human and economic costs incurred as a result of piracy occuring in the Western...

State of Maritime PiracyMatthew R. Walje, Jens Vestergaard Madsen, Conor Seyle, Kellie Brandt, Peter Kerins, Megan Matthews, Tyler Maybee

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