The criminal phenomenon of piracy has resurfaced as a major threat to international trade and maritime security and to the freedom of the seas, particularly considering that the relevant acts occur not only on high seas but increasingly on territorial waters. An international conference on this issue was organized by the Institute for International Affairs (IAI), in cooperation with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL), and held in Rome at the Center for Higher Defence Studies on 28 November 2013. Eminent speakers delivered wide-ranging and thought-provoking presentations on several important questions, including the geo-political implications of piracy and role of navies, the armed personnel on board commercial ships, maritime piracy and international relations, the prosecution of pirates, the policy of ship-owners, the relation between smart defence and maritime security, the legal and humanitarian problems on insuring piracy risk, the costs of piracy, the role of NATO in the fight against piracy.
Report of the international conference on "The Threat of Contemporary Piracy and the Role of the International Community", organized in Rome on 28 November 2013 by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in cooperation with the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL).
1. The geo-political implications of piracy and the role of navies
2. Armed personnel on board commercial ships
3. Piracy and international relations
4. Prosecution: what do piracy court cases tell us?
5. The policy of ship-owners
6. Smart defence and maritime security
7. Insuring piracy risk: legal and humanitarian problems
8. The cost of Somali piracy
9. The role of NATO in fighting piracy
10. The general discussion