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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Anti-Piracy DOD Blogger Roundtable

Sometime today or tomorrow, the Department of Defense will be posting the transcript and audio of today's Blogger Roundtable which featured a couple of Coast Guard captains who are engaged in the fight,Capt. Charles Michel, Chief of the Office of Maritime and International Law, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters and Capt. Michael Giglio, Chief of Law Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters.

I'll link to it when it is up, but let me tell you in advance that it was an excellent overview of the legal and enforcement aspects of pirate fighting - touching on major chokepoints and the Horn of Africa. The Kenyan-U.S. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding pirate trials got discussed, along with Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 (SUA Convention)(see here, here), United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (U.S. not a signator), the 1958 Convention on the High Seas(U.S. a signator).

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