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Geweld op zee: een verkenning naar de aard en omvang van zeepiraterij
Van de Bunt, H.G.; Pladdet, E.K.J. (2003). Geweld op zee: een verkenning naar de aard en omvang van zeepiraterij. Justitiële verkenn. 29(2): 29-43
In: Justitiële verkenningen: documentatieblad van het Ministerie van Justitie. Boom: Den Haag; Deventer; Arnhem; 's-Gravenhage. ISSN 0167-5850, more

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  • Van de Bunt, H.G.; Pladdet, E.K.J. (2003). Geweld op zee: een verkenning naar de aard en omvang van zeepiraterij, in: Scheepmaker, M.P.C. et al. (Ed.) Criminaliteit op zee. Justitiële verkenningen: documentatieblad van het Ministerie van Justitie, 29(2): pp. 29-43, more

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  • Van de Bunt, H.G.
  • Pladdet, E.K.J.

Abstract
    Despite its romantic and historical image, piracy is a problem that should be taken seriously. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the more advanced maritime piracy we are dealing with today. The first part contains various definitions of the phenomenon ‘piracy’. The Valiant Carrier is introductionary to three definitions, namely Vagg’s comparison of piracy to banditry, the international definition (art. 101 Unclos) and the IMB definition. The second part explains the nature and quantity of this crime worldwide. The number of piracy attacks registered by the Imo and IMB depends on the willingness of victims and local authorities to report. There exists a definite relation between a country’s economical state and the piratical activities explored. As soon as the economy decreases, modern maritime piracy boosts. Building and maintaining relations with main lands authorities and business elites enables pirates to continue their activities on a long-term basis. Thus, their modus operandi is not solely based on their own professionalism, in terms of knowledge and technology, but is also strongly influenced by the environment in which they operate.

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