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The University of Southampton
Southampton Law School

“Piracy: Ransom Payments” Seminar

15 February 2011
University of Southampton

Event details

A brief introduction to Masefield v Amlin (CA), 26 January 2011, followed by an open discussion of issues arising from the case, such as: What is a loss by piracy?

  • The legality of ransom payments.
  • Even if legal, do ransom payments perpetuate the piracy ‘industry'?
  • The hardline South Korean approach: risk or benefit to the shipping industry?

Speaker information

Douglas Guilfoyle , UCL. Douglas joined the Faculty of Laws in September 2007, having submitted his doctoral dissertation "Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea" at the University of Cambridge. During his graduate studies Douglas held a British Council Chevening Scholarship and a Gates Cambridge Trust Scholarship. Prior to undertaking graduate study and research Douglas worked as a judge's associate in the Federal Court of Australia and as associate to the President of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He has also worked as a litigation solicitor in Sydney. Douglas regularly gives talks on and speaks to the media about law of the sea issues, especially matters relating to high-seas piracy, continental shelf claims and the use of force at sea. He frequently prepares reports for NGOs and government clients on law of the sea matters, and was appointed in 2009 to prepare a report on treaty-based jurisdiction over pirates for the legal issues working group of the Contact Group on Piracy off Somalia.

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