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Prosecuting Juvenile Piracy Suspects: The International Legal Framework

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ISBN13: 9781138839335
Published: November 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £90.00

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Duncan Gaswaga, a former judge of the Seychelles Supreme Court who has presided over numerous piracy trials, asked the following question: "What is a judge to do when a bearded piracy suspect facing justice asserts that he is fourteen?" This book addresses this important question by focusing on the treatment of juvenile piracy suspects under international law within national prosecutorial regimes. Beginning with the modern-day Somali piracy model, and exploring the reasons for piracy organizers and financiers to have employed Somali youth as pirates, author Milena Sterio analyzes the relevant international legal framework applicable to the treatment of juvenile criminal suspects, such as international human rights law, international criminal law, including the statutes of several international and ad hoc tribunals, as well as legal issues related to the use of child soldiers, as a parallel to the use of child pirates.

This volume examines recent national piracy prosecutions involving juvenile suspects in Germany, Spain, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Seychelles, and the United States, developing a set of recommendations and best practices for all piracy prosecuting nations dealing with juvenile suspects to refer to in developing their national policy toward the treatment of juvenile piracy suspects.

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International Criminal Law

Part 1: The Problem of Juvenile Pirates in Somalia
1. The Basics of the Somali Piracy Model
2. Using Juveniles to Perform Piratical Acts

Part 2: International Law on the Treatment of Juvenile Criminal Suspects
3. International Human Rights Law on the Treatment of Juvenile Suspects
4. International Criminal Law on the Treatment of Juvenile Suspects
5. International Law on the Use of Child Soldiers: An Important Parallel?

Part 3: Age Determinations: A Difficult Challenge
6. Determining a Suspect’s Age: When a Bearded Man States That He is Fourteen
7. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: Germany
8. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: Spain, India, Italy Malaysia
9. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: The Seychelles
10. Recent National Prosecutions of Juvenile Suspects: The United States

Part 4. Recommendations and Best Practices
11. Recommendations for Best Practices Regarding the Prosecution of Juvenile Piracy Suspects Conclusion