(This event is organised by MEI’s Transystemic Law Research Cluster, as part of its quarterly public talks series.)
Professor Milena Sterio will discuss the legal aspects of maritime piracy in the Middle East. Maritime piracy attacks have plagued the Middle East for the past decade. Pirates have operated out of the Horn of Africa (Somalia in particular), and have posed serious problems to maritime shipping as well as to the safety of maritime navigation. She will explore the legal definition of piracy under international law, as well as jurisdictional issues related to the prosecution of piracy suspects. She will also explore human rights issues related to piracy prosecution, with a focus on the prosecution of juvenile piracy suspects. Finally, she will describe regional approaches adopted by piracy-affected countries in the Middle East towards combating maritime piracy.
About the Speaker(s)
Milena Sterio is a professor of law and associate dean for academic enrichment at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She specialises in international law, international criminal law, human rights, and maritime piracy. Professor Sterio is the author of five book and numerous law review articles and shorter writings. She has participated in the meetings of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and has been a member of the Piracy Expert Group, an academic think tank functioning within the auspices of the Public International Law and Policy Group. In addition, she has conducted fieldwork in the area of maritime piracy in the Seychelles and Mauritius. Professor Sterio is one of six permanent editors of the prestigious IntLawGrrls blog. In spring 2013, Professor Sterio was a Fulbright scholar in Baku, Azerbaijan, at Baku State University, where she researched statehood and secession issues in the context of Nagorno-Karabakh. Professor Sterio holds leadership positions at the American Society of International Law, where she co-chairs the women in international law and the international criminal law interest groups, and at the Association of American Law Schools, where she chairs the international law section. She has earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 2002. At Cornell, she was Order of the Coif, general editor of the Cornell International Law Journal and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree, cum laude, in private international law from the University Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne; in 2002, she earned a maitrise en droit franco-americain cum laude, also from Sorbonne. Her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in political science and french literature is from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Before joining the Cleveland-Marshall faculty, she was an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and an adjunct law professor at Cornell, where she taught in the international war crimes clinic.