Call for Papers: Combating Modern Piracy with the Rule of Law

The American University Law Review is currently accepting papers for its Spring 2010 Symposium Issue, Troubled Waters: Combating Modern Piracy with the Rule of Law.

For centuries the threat of piracy in international and territorial waters has prompted the development of laws to address piracy’s economic and human cost. The results can be seen everywhere from Congress’ Article I power to define and punish piracy to broader international efforts such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Despite these efforts, there have been hundreds of attacks off the Horn of Africa and throughout the South Pacific in this year alone. Are existing laws the most effective response available? Do the economic and social costs of piracy warrant stronger legal initiatives? The Law Review’s Symposium will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to discuss these and other issues. Papers should focus on a particular legal issue, including:

  • International Treaties
  • Related Legal History
  • Jurisdiction Governing Detention and Prosecution
  • Continuing Development of Maritime and Admiralty Law
  • Eliminating the Economic Incentives for Piracy
  • Best Practices of the Shipping Industry
  • The Cost of Naval Responses
  • Insurance & Risk

Please submit articles or abstracts for consideration to Michael Distefano at lawrev-symposium-editor [at] Authors interested in publishing should contact the Law Review by October 1, 2009. Reasonable progress is expected throughout the winter months with final articles due by March 1, 2010.

Full articles as well as shorter essays (25 to 35 pages) are welcome. Papers should be in Microsoft Word format, 12-point font. Please include an Author biography or Curriculum Vitae. Articles should be properly supported and contain full Bluebook citations (18th ed.).