Safer seasWe think our law classrooms can create calmer waters.
Cannonballs and swords used to be the weapons that sank pirates on the open seas. Now, legal memos alone can level the seafaring swashbucklers.
Professor Michael Scharf, JD, led a delegation of experts to the Seychelles Islands, a remote archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa. With help from the United Nations, the Seychelles government created a regional piracy court to prosecute captured Somali pirates who, in 2011 alone, seized more than 50 vessels and held more than 1,000 people hostage.
Under Scharf’s supervision, our law students researched and drafted a dozen memos to assist the United Nations and the Seychelles government. The prosecutors called the student and faculty contributions "crucial to the future success of the piracy prosecutions."Top ↑