Somali Piracy: A Criminological Perspective

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Lindley, Jade

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Congratulations to former RegNet PhD scholar, Dr Jade Lindley on publishing her doctoral thesis as the new book, Somali Piracy: A Criminological Perspective. Jade studied under RegNet Emeritus Professor Peter Grabosky.

‘Piracy has plagued maritime trade for centuries. The most recent manifestation of this age-old problem may be seen in the waters off the Horn of Africa. Dr Lindley’s thorough and lucid discussion of Somali piracy shows that there is no one simple solution. Rather, the prevention and control of piracy depends upon a variety of actors and institutions from both public and private sectors, national and international. Restoration of a functioning Somali state, careful application of military force, and appropriate precautions by maritime and related industries all have a role to play. This book is a must read for development specialists, international security scholars, military officials, and maritime industry professionals alike.’ –Peter Grabosky, Australian National University

About the book

Maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia was first recognised as a global concern in 2008 after the hijackings of World Food Programme vessels. It remains a serious impediment to international maritime trade and a significant risk to seafarers. Bringing a criminological perspective to the subject, this book presents an analysis of Somali piracy by means of Routine Activity Theory and regulatory pluralism. Based on data from a range of sources, including published documents and in-depth interviews with representatives of industry, government, and international organisations, the study concludes that no one institution or policy will suffice to control Somali piracy. Accordingly, a number of different actors and institutions have a role to play in reducing the supply of motivated offenders, the vulnerability of prospective victims, and in enhancing guardianship. The book envisages a holistic counter-piracy program based on a pluralistic regulatory model that is sustainable within the region, and managed by the region, providing the best opportunity for both the immediate future, and for long-term success. This study will be essential reading for criminologists, public policy and legal scholars, as well as policy makers and regulators in countries affected by and dealing with piracy, and international professional advocacy groups operating in the maritime space.

Cite the publication as

Lindley, Jade (2016). Somali Piracy: A Criminological Perspective. Abingdon: Ashgate.

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