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Breaking News: US warship approaching pirate vessel

CNN is reporting:
A U.S. warship arrived before dawn Thursday near a 28-foot lifeboat holding four pirates and the kidnapped captain of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship, officials said.
Also nearby was the Maersk Alabama — which had been seized early Wednesday off the Horn of Africa. All 20 of its remaining crew members were in good physical shape, said Ken Quinn, second …

Breaking News: Crew of US vessel seized by pirates reportedly back in control of ship

Bloomberg  is reporting:
The American crew of a container ship seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia regained control today to end what may have been the first hijacking of a U.S. vessel in four years of attacks.
One pirate may still be on the ship, held by the crew of 20, and the others have left, said a U.S. defense …

Bainbridge on the problem of universal jurisiction

A previous post discussed the recent decision by the Spanish national security court to investigate several former Bush Administration lawyers. My good friend and UCLA Law legend, Steve Bainbridge, has some cautionary words on the application of the principle of universal jurisdiction. Universal jurisdiction, it will be recalled, is a principle of international law that allows a state to exercise …

German Warship Stops Somalia Pirate Attack, But Germans Release Pirates

CNN is reporting:
German sailors foiled an attempt by pirates to hijack an Egyptian cargo ship off the coast of Yemen, the German Defense Ministry said.
The German navy frigate Karlsruhe responded to an emergency call from the Wabi Al Arab Thursday morning, sending helicopters to the stricken vessel. When the helicopters arrived, the pirates broke off the attack, the ministry …

Piracy Does Pay: Somali Pirates Release Greek-Owned Tanker After Ransom is Paid

In case you missed this, the AP reported yesterday:
Somali pirates have released a hijacked Greek-owned tanker with all 19 crew safe and the oil cargo intact after payment of a ransom, the ship’s management company said Saturday.It did not say how much was paid.
The Liberian-flagged tanker MV Genius, seized Sept. 26, was released Friday and is about 500 miles (800 …

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Commentary and analysis at the intersection of international law and politics.