n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Policing of piracy and armed robbery perpetrated against ships : the role of interstate partnerships in Africa

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Like all organised crime, piracy is not confined by national borders. For the effective policing of piracy and armed robbery perpetrated against ships partnerships between states in the form of treaties, are necessary. In order to understand a particular coastal state's situation at sea it is necessary to take its position on the range of existing functional international, regional and bilateral treaties into account. This paper explores the nature and extent of piracy and its threat to littoral states in Africa. Partnerships in the form of treaties between states in Africa are discussed and the ability of these states to effectively police piracy and armed robbery in their territorial waters, is analysed.

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