The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued a provisional order in the Enrica Lexie case on August 24th. This epic legal battle between India and Italy concern's the latter’s efforts to prosecute Italian marines who accidentally killed Indian fishermen that they had mistaken them for pirates. In June, Italy submitted the dispute for arbitration to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which on Aug.
One of international law’s oldest crimes, piracy surged in the Gulf of Aden in the early 2000s as a result of chaos and civil war in Somalia. A decade later, a similar spate of attacks plagued the Gulf of Guinea, targeting oil tankers and cargo ships. As pirates improve their ability to strike further out to sea, and as merchant vessels struggle with issues of security, insurance, and ransom payments, the international community has to protect shipping lanes and decide where to detain and prosecute pirates once they are captured.