Combating piracy and armed robbery at sea: from Somalia to the Gulf of Guinea
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The objective of this chapter is to examine ways to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea through the lens of case studies of piracy off the Horn of Africa, where incidents of piracy are now in decline, and in the Gulf of Guinea, which has witnessed a surge in such illegal activities in recent years. The aim of this exercise is to try to identify what lessons may be gleaned form the experience of combating piracy and armed robbery against ships off the Somali coastline and how they may be applied to address the increasing threat of analogous activities in the Gulf of Guinea and elsewhere. Prior to tackling thse case studies the chapter addresses the status and adequacy of the international law framework for combating piracy and armed robbery at sea with particular emphasis on the relevant LOSC provisions and the application of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation 1988 (SUA Convention) to such incidents.