The International legal framework for piracy
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In recent years, piracy around the Horn of Africa has become an increasing concern. Yet despite the currency of the problem, piracy is a crime that has been a challenge for humanity throughout recorded history. It is sometimes referred to as an 'international crime' and has, for centuries, attracted universal jurisdiction to combat it on the high seas.1 This paper considers the nature and substance of the legal framework for piracy at international law, tracing it from its origins to the contemporary challenges faced today.