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Piracy off the Somalia coast: Global and regional challenges

Athens, 5 May 2010

in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic and the Department of International Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Athens

A Conference organized on the occasion of the Greek Presidency of the UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, created by UN Security Council resolution 1851, during its 5th plenary session.

The Conference brought together academics, law of the sea and maritime law experts as well as diplomats and military personnel involved in the EU and NATO operations against piracy off the coast of Somalia.
Speakers included:
  • Ioannis K. Lyras, Association of Greek Shipowners
    The contemporary threat of piracy and the Greek shipping industry
  • Professor Antonis Bredimas, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    The international legal framework against piracy: A historical perspective
  • Professor Angelos Yokaris, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s response to piracy
  • Dr. Yorgos Kyriakopoulos, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    The United Nations (UN) response to piracy
  • Dr. Efthymios Papastavridis, Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Democritus Uni-versity of Thrace
    Interference with vessels on the high seas for the suppression of piracy
  • Associate Professor Photini Pazartzis, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    The internationalization of the suppression of piracy
  • Assistant Professor Maria Gavouneli, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    Pirates on land: Jurisdictional issues on the prosecution of pirates in East Africa
  • Lieutenant Panagiotis Sergis, Hellenic Navy
    The European Union Operation off the coast of Somalia and the Greek mis-sion: Operational challenges for the safety of international navigation in the West Indian Ocean
  • Dimitrios Papandreou, Embassy Counselor, Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    The role of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia in the context of the UN and the Chairmanship of Greece
  • Commodore Antonios Papaioannou, Hellenic Navy
    A review of the Greek command of the European Union Naval Force: The Greek presence in the region
  • Assistant Professor Lia Athanassiou, Faculty of Law, University of Athens
    The contemporary threats of piracy to marine insurance and maritime la-bour
  • Fani Daskalopoulou-Livada, Director, Special Legal Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Possible trials of suspected pirates in Greece
The conclusions of this highly attended Conference were expertly presented by Ambassador Frangiskos Verros.
 
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