n Africa Insight - The third United Nations Law of the Sea Treaty and the piracy question : the case of the East African Coast

Volume 40, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The international crime of piracy was believed to have largely disappeared in modern times, or at least to have reduced to levels that would not demand international attention. However, contrary to that belief, for the past several years piracy has become endemic, particularly off the coast of Somalia and the East African coast in general. Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991, and this has partly contributed to the piracy problem off the East African coast. The Law of the Sea defines piracy in various ways and has been used to tackle the problem in East Africa. The paper focuses on the evolution of piracy, its definition as provided by the Law of the Sea, the implications of piracy on the coast, and finally solutions to the problem.

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