NEWPORT, R.I. - U.S. Naval War College (NWC) International Law Department professor Cmdr. James Kraska was a keynote speaker at the recent Atlantic Council of the United States Maritime Piracy Task Force on Feb. 8.
In his speech, Kraska highlighted the various international and domestic legal issues surrounding maritime piracy. His presentation featured options for prosecution of Somali pirates, including analysis of piracy courts in regional states (Kenya, Tanzania, Seychelles, India, Marutius and Somalia) and feasibility of options for international piracy tribunals.
The Atlantic Council Maritime Piracy Task Force meeting was hosted by the International Security Program and the Michael S. Ansari Africa Center. It was chaired by Atlantic Council Board Director Franklin D. Miller. This was the third in a series of meetings which examines the challenge of piracy and possible strategic approaches. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Thomas Kelly was the other keynote speaker. He reviewed the U.S. Government's perspective on piracy and current efforts to combat it off the coast of Somalia.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the U.S. government, including military personnel, and the private sector.
Kraska is an alumnus of NWC's College of Naval Command and Staff, and serves as the Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law at NWC. He also holds appointments as a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and as a Guest Investigator at the Marine Policy Center, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He holds both a research doctorate and professional doctorate in law, having earned a doctor of juridical science (S.J.D) from the University of Virginia and a doctor of jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University, Bloomington.
From Naval War College Public Affairs
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