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Prosecuting Juvenile Piracy Suspects

The International Legal Framework, 1st Edition

By Milena Sterio


158 pages

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Duncan Gaswaga, a former judge of the Seychelles Supreme Court who has presided over numerous piracy trials, asked the following question: "What is a judge to do when a bearded piracy suspect facing justice asserts that he is fourteen?" This book addresses this important question by focusing on the treatment of juvenile piracy suspects under international law within national prosecutorial regimes. Beginning with the modern-day Somali piracy model, and exploring the reasons for piracy organizers and financiers to have employed Somali youth as pirates, author Milena Sterio analyzes the relevant international legal framework applicable to the treatment of juvenile criminal suspects, such as international human rights law, international criminal law, including the statutes of several international and ad hoc tribunals, as well as legal issues related to the use of child soldiers, as a parallel to the use of child pirates.

This volume examines recent national piracy prosecutions involving juvenile suspects in Germany, Spain, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Seychelles, and the United States, developing a set of recommendations and best practices for all piracy prosecuting nations dealing with juvenile suspects to refer to in developing their national policy toward the treatment of juvenile piracy suspects.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Problem of Juvenile Pirates in Somalia 1. The Basics of the Somali Piracy Model 2. Using Juveniles to Perform Piratical Acts Part 2: International Law on the Treatment of Juvenile Criminal Suspects 3. International Human Rights Law on the Treatment of Juvenile Suspects 4. International Law on the Use of Child Soldiers: An Important Parallel Part 3: Age Determinations: A Difficult Challenge 5. Determining a Suspect’s Age: When a Bearded Man States That He is Fourteen 6. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: European Countries 7. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: (India, Malaysia, and the Seychelles) 8. Prosecuting Juvenile Piracy Suspects in the United States Part 4. Recommendations and Best Practices 9. Recommendations for Best Practices Regarding the Prosecution of Juvenile Piracy Suspects Conclusion

About the Author

Milena Sterio is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Enrichment at Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of Law, USA. Her research interests are in the field of international law, international criminal law, international human rights, law of the seas, as well as private international law. She is author of The Right to Self-Determination under International Law (Routledge, 2012), and co-editor of Prosecuting Maritime Piracy: Domestic Solutions to International Crime (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Professor Sterio was the recipient of the Fulbright academic award for spring 2013 and spent a semester researching at Baku State University in Baku, Azerbaijan. Over the past five years, Professor Sterio has established herself as one of the most prominent and influential experts in the field of maritime piracy. She has participated in the work of the United Nations’ Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and is a member of the Piracy Working Group, an academic think tank created within the auspices of the Public International Law and Policy Group. Her academic work has been cited in two piracy prosecutions in the United States’ federal courts.

About the Series

Routledge Research in International Law

The series offers a space for new and emerging scholars of international law to publish original arguments, as well as presenting alternative perspectives from more established names in international legal research.  Works cover both the theory and practice of international law, presenting innovative analyses of the nature and state of international law itself as well as more specific studies within particular disciplines. The series will explore topics such as the changes to the international legal order, the processes of law-making and law-enforcement, as well as the range of actors in public international law. The books will take a variety of different methodological approaches to the subject including interdisciplinary, critical legal studies, feminist, and Third World approaches, as well as the sociology of international law. Looking at the past, present and future of international law the series reflects the current vitality and diversity of international legal scholarship.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Criminal Law / Juvenile Offenders
LAW / International
LAW / Maritime