n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The intricacies surrounding maritime piracy : lessons to be learned?

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Increases in piracy incidents off the coast of Somali were recorded from 2005 up to 2011. But after 2011 there occurred a significant decrease of such incidents. Despite the welcomed decrease, piracy still remains a global threat, and though a great deal of literature has been written on Somali piracy in particular few have attempted to outline the intricacies surrounding maritime piracy from a criminological perspective. The aim of this article is to give an overview of some of the issues that remain a challenge to the effectiveness of preventing maritime piracy, whilst applying a criminological explanation to the onset and continuation of maritime piracy. Some of the problems under discussion include the debate to reach a consensus over defining maritime piracy to the controversy over the payment of ransom to pirates. Although many other issues surrounding maritime piracy exist which may or may not fall beyond the scope of this article, the objective is to advance the debate further and strategical thinking towards maritime piracy prevention.

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