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Piracy and Armed Robbery at SeaThe Legal Framework for Counter-Piracy Operations in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden$
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Anna Petrig and Robin Geiß

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199609529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609529.001.0001

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Historic Evolution of Legal Rules Relating to Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea and Other Forms of Maritime Violence

Historic Evolution of Legal Rules Relating to Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea and Other Forms of Maritime Violence

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(p.37) Part 2 Historic Evolution of Legal Rules Relating to Piracy, Armed Robbery at Sea and Other Forms of Maritime Violence
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Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea
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Robin Geiß

Anna Petrig

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609529.003.0003

Part 2 provides a brief history of the evolution of legal rules pertaining to piracy and armed robbery at sea. Piracy ranks among one of the old subject matters of public international law and contemporary rules on piracy laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) have thus a long history. UNCLOS is traditionally perceived to reflect a subtle balance of extensively negotiated compromises that is only acceptable to States parties as a package deal. Thus, a widely held perception is that a modification of singular elements or even entire sections would off-set the negotiated compromise and would necessitate modifications of UNCLOS in its entirety. For the time being, States appear to be strongly committed to uphold this package-deal.

Keywords:   piracy, armed robbery, public international law, United Nations, UNCLOS

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