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Legal News
24 Aug 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] on Monday ordered India [order, PDF] to suspend the trial of two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012. The tribunal claimed jurisdiction over the case under the United Nations Convention on the Law … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Somali government officials evicted [HRW report] thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat residents … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Somalia's prime minister on Sunday appealed to the US government and US banks to resume allowing money transfers to Somalia, a crucial service for many in the war-torn country. Almost all US banks have stopped allowing remittance services to Somalis in the US due to recently enacted legislation [US … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday sentenced [press release, in Spanish] six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Thursday ordered France [judgment, in French; press release] to compensate nine Somalis, most of whom are convicted pirates, for their arrest in 2008. After hijacking [AP report] a French luxury vessel in 2008, the pirates held 30 people captive until … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution [press release] renewing its international call to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. Working under Chapter VII of the UN Charter [text], resolution 2184 (2014) calls on all able states to provide military forces to repress … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Tuesday hosted [press release] an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Somali police official on Monday reported that security forces arrested Somali pirate [JURIST news archive] Mohamed Garfanji. Garfanji, second-in-command of Somalia's pirate industry, was arrested [AP report] on Sunday for possessing illegal arms and other charges related to piracy. The Somali government implemented an ongoing disarmament campaign in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Germany's Karlsruhe court [official website, in German] ruled on Wednesday that the 3% voting threshold for political parties to enter the the European Parliament [official website] is unconstitutional. The German government lowered the voting threshold from 5% to 3% last year, but the top court ruled [BBC report] by … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce [official websites] reported [press release] on Wednesday that maritime pirate attacks have reached their lowest levels in six years, dropping 40 percent since 2011. Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the IMB, attributes the decrease in attacks … [read more]


Legal News
23 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] on Friday ordered the release [press release, PDF] of the Greenpeace International [advocacy website] ship Arctic Sunrise as well as the release of the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who were arrested on board the ship, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday released on bail the captain of a Greenpeace International [advocacy website] ship, one of the last activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report] in St. Petersburg. Captain Peter Willcox was granted bail two months after he was arrested for his involvement in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Primorsky Court in St. Petersburg granted bail on Tuesday to seven Greenpeace International [advocacy website] activists awaiting trial on charges of hooliganism [AP report]. The activists, who may be released on bail [ABC report], are from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, New Zealand and Poland. Bail was set at … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] adopted a resolution [text] Monday restating its call for member states to take steps against piracy and armed robbery off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa. The resolution [UN News Center report] urges UN member states to cooperate with "relevant … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday refused to release one of 30 activists [profiles] for Greenpeace International [advocacy website] who were detained in September while trying to board an oil rig. Russian authorities arrested the Greenpeace activists in September for attempting to scale an oil platform owned by a Russian … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Friday sentenced Somali pirates Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar to 21 life sentences for their role in the killing of four Americans aboard a yacht off the Horn of Africa in February … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday sentenced Somali pirate Ahmed Muse Salad to life in prison without parole for his involvement in the deaths of four Americans off the coast of Africa. Salad was among the 19 men … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The Dutch government on Monday asked [request, PDF] the UN-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) [official website] to order Russia to return a ship used by Greenpeace International [advocacy website] and the activists who were arrested on board the ship [activist profiles]. The ship had … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport [corporate website] on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," for some time. However, … [read more]

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