A selection of publications on Somali piracy


Operational matters

Anderson, Elliot A. 'It's a Pirate's Life for Some: The Development of an Illegal Industry in Response to an Unjust Global Power Dynamic.' Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 17, no. 2 (2010): 319-39.

Chalk, Peter. 'Piracy Off the Horn of Africa: Scope, Dimensions, Causes and Responses.' Brown Journal of World Affairs 16, no. 2 (2010): 89-108.

Craze, Sarah. 'A Matter of National Pride: Indonesia Responds to a Somali Pirate Attack.' Political Science Applied (Special Issue), no. December (2014): 12-18.

Daniels, Christopher L. Somali Piracy and Terrorism in the Horn of Africa. Global Flashpoints: A Scarecrow Press Series. Edited by Martin Gordon, Maryland USA: Scarecrow Press, 2012.

Hansen, Stig Jarle. Piracy in the Greater Gulf of Aden: Myths, Misconceptions and Remedies.  Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, 2009.  (accessed: 3 May 2018).

Lorenz, Frederick and Laura Eshbach. 'Transfer of Suspected and Convicted Pirates,' in Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, edited by Michael Murphy, Martin N. Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy and Islam in the Horn of Africa.  London: Hurst & Company, 2011.

Kraska, James. 'Freakonomics of Maritime Piracy.' Brown Journal of World Affairs 26, no. 2 (2010): 109-19.

Middleton, Roger. Piracy in Somalia.  London: Chatham House, 2008.  (accessed: 23 June 2016).

Pirate interviews and motivations

Bahadur, Jay. Deadly Waters.  London: Profile Books, 2011.

Bahadur, Jay. The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World.  New York: Vintage, 2012.

Farole, Abdirahman Mohamed. 'The Piracy Problem: The Puntland Perspective,' in Piracy in Comparative Perspective: Problems, Strategies, Law, edited by Charles H Norchi: Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012.

Freeman, Colin. Kidnapped: Life as a Somali Pirate Hostage. Cheltenham, UK: Monday Books, 2011.

Samatar, Abdi Ismail, Mark Lindberg, and Basil Mahayni. 'The Dialectics of Piracy in Somalia: The Rich Versus the Poor.' Third World Quarterly 31, no. 8 (2010): 1377-94.

Samantar, Mohamed, and David K Leonard. 'Puntland and the Quandary of Somali Piracy.' Harvard Africa Policy Journal 7 (2011): 11-14.

Deterrence and Suppression

Berg, Jarret. ''You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat': Somali Piracy and the Erosion of Customary Piracy Suppression.' New England Law Review, no. 2 (2009): 343.

Botez, Radu N. 'A European Perspective on Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean Region.' Strategic Analysis 36, no. 3 (05// 2012): 369.

Burgin, Annina, and Patricia Schneider. 'Regulation of Private Maritime Security Companies in Germany and Spain: A Comparative Study.' Ocean Development and International Law 46, no. 2 (2015): 123-37.

Chi, Manjiao. 'Issue Focus: International Legal Cooperation against Somali Piracy: Finding out the 'Achilles' Heels': Piracy Suppression under International Law and Chinese Law.' Journal of East Asia & International Law 5 (04/01/ 2012): 7.

Coito, Joel Christopher. 'Pirates vs Private Security: Commercial Shipping, the Montreux Document, and the Battle for the Gulf of Aden.' California Law Review 101, no. 1 (2013): 173-226.

Gosalbo-Bono, Ricardo and Sonja Boelaert. 'The European Union's Comprehensive Approach to Combating Piracy at Sea: Legal Aspects,' in The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea: European and International Perspectives, edited by Panos Koutrakos and Achilles Skordas. Oregon Hart Publishing: USA, 2014.

Gebhard, Carmen and Simon J. Smith. 'The Two Faces of EU–NATO Cooperation: Counter-Piracy Operations Off the Somali Coast.' Cooperation & Conflict 50, no. 1 (2015): 107-27.

Geiss, Robin. Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea: The Legal Framework for Counter-Piracy Operations in Somalia and the Gulf of Aden.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Harrelson, Jill. 'Blackbeard Meets Blackwater: An Analysis of International Conventions That Address Piracy and the Use of Private Security Companies to Protect the Shipping Industry.' American University International Law Review 25, no. 2 (2010): 283.

Homan, Kees, and Susanne Kamerling. 'Operational Challenges to Counterpiracy Operations Off the Coast of Somalia,' in The International Response to Somali Piracy, edited by Bibi Van Ginkel and Frans-Paul van der Putten, 65-103: Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2010.

Madsen, Jens Vestergaard and Liza Kane-Hartnett. 'Towards a Regional Solution to Somali Piracy.' Air & Space Power Journal 5 no. 1 (2014): 67-80.

Swiney, Gabriel. 'International Law and US Responses to Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia,' in The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea: European and International Perspectives, edited by Panos Koutrakos and Achilles Skordas. Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2014.

Van Ginkel, Bibi, and Frans-Paul van der Putten. The International Response to Somali Piracy.  Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2010.


Art, Steven and Eugene Kontorovich. 'An Empirical Examination of Universal Jurisdiction for Piracy.' American Journal of International Law 104, no. 3 (2010): 436.

Clay, David Inge. 'A Tale of Two Judgments: United States v Said and United States v Hasan'. Social Science Research Network, 11 March 2011.  (accessed: 14 February 2013).

Dutton, Yvonne M. 'Maritime Piracy and the Impunity Gap: Insufficient National Laws or a Lack of Political Will?'. Tulane Law Review 86, no. 5 (2012): 1111-62.

Gathii, James Thuo. 'Kenya's Piracy Prosecutions.' American Journal of International Law 104, no. 3 (2010).

Guilfoyle, Douglas. 'Prosecuting Pirates: The Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia, Governance and International Law.' Global Policy 4, no. 1 (2013): 73-79.

Kontorovich, Eugene. 'The Piracy Prosecution Paradox: Political and Procedural Problems with Enforcing Order on the High Seas.' Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 13, no. 1 (2012): 107-14.

Panos, Koutrakos, and Achilles Skordas, eds. The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea: European and International Perspectives. Oregon, USA: Hart Publishing, 2014.

Scharf, Michael P. 'Conclusion: Is There a Case for an International Piracy Court?,' in Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crimes, edited by Michael P Scharf, Michael A Newton and Milena Sterio. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Sterio, Milena. 'Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia: The Argument for Pirate Prosecutions in the National Courts of Kenya, the Seychelles, and Mauritius.' Amsterdam Law Review 4, no. 2 (2012): 104-24.

Wambua, Paul Musili. 'The Jurisdictional Challenges to the Prosecution of Piracy Cases in Kenya: Mixed Fortunes for a Perfect Model in the Global War against Piracy.' WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs 11 (2012): 95-113.

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