Live Web Seminar: Somalia: Responding to the Legal Challenges of Offshore Piracy (16 April 2009)


Live Seminar on International Humanitarian Law

Somalia: Responding to the Legal Challenges of Offshore Piracy Thursday, 16 April at 9:30 a.m. (EST) Click Here to Register

How does international law define piracy and what is the legal status of pirates? What are the appropriate legal frameworks for responding to the challenge? What can the international community of states do in response? How does piracy affect the operations of humanitarian organizations, especially in terms of working for predictable access to vulnerable groups? What options exist to mitigate the effects of piracy on humanitarian operations? Is there a role for private security companies?

As maritime piracy continues to rise, and as more and more countries seek effective measures against it, these questions regarding the legal and policy challenges involved in countering piracy and the effects of piracy have become central to much of the debate in the international community. This live seminar will identify and explore these challenges and examine legal and policy responses from multiple perspectives.

Panelists:

Douglas Guilfoyle, Lecturer, University College of London, Faculty of Laws

Peter Goosens, Country Director for Somalia, World Food Programme

Additional panelists to be confirmed.

More than 200 professionals from 150 countries are expected to take part to this exciting event. For more information on this event and on the Live Seminar series, please visit the IHL Forum event page.

Claude Bruderlein, Director of the Program at Harvard, and Naz Modirzadeh, Senior Associate at the Program, will host the discussion.


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