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Piracy book launch set for Nov. 6

Friday, October 23, 2015  /  Rate this article:
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A book launch and reception for Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, recently published by Cambridge University Press, will be held in New York at 12:30 p.m. on November 6. The free event is sponsored by the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) and Baker & McKenzie LLP, which will host the reception at its new New York Office, 452 5th Ave. 

The book is edited by Case Western Reserve Law Dean Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center; Paul Williams, President of PILPG; and Milena Sterio, Associate Dean of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

The book grew out of the work of PILPG's High-Level Piracy Working Group, convened by Scharf. For the past four years, the group has been assisting Seychelles, Mauritius and Keyna with piracy prosecutions, and providing policy advice to the UN Contact Group on Somali Piracy, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime and INTERPOL. 

As anyone who has seen the 2013 Blockbuster film, "Captain Philips," starring Tom Hanks, knows, real-life pirates are nothing like the lovable rogues portrayed by Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Instead, they are sophisticated businessmen, desperate ex-fisherman, vulnerable children and deadly terrorists. Their attacks continue to cost the international community over 12 billion dollars annually. Apprehending and bringing them to justice has become a global priority.

With chapters written by foremost experts in the field, the book discusses the novel legal challenges and options related to prosecuting modern-day maritime pirates. The editors and other chaptor authors will disucss the book and answer questions at the start of the reception. There is no cost and complementary copies of the book will be provided to the first 50 people to arrive. 

To RSVP to the event, please contact Chloe O'Kelly at cokelly@pilpg.org by Monday, November 2.   

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