Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host “Prosecuting Maritime Pirates in the Seychelles and Elsewhere: A Panel Discussion” Tuesday, May 10 at 4 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Michael Scharf, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Justice Anthony Fernando, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Seychelles and Associate Dean and Professor Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
This panel discussion will address the most complex legal issues related to the prosecution of maritime piracy suspects. One of the panelists, Justice Anthony Fernando, has presided over several piracy trials in the Seychelles, and he will discuss his experience in handling difficult legal issues related to jurisdiction over piracy offenses, as well as the legal definition of piracy under both domestic and international law. Dean Scharf and Professor Sterio have conducted field work in the Seychelles and in Mauritius where they have consulted with judges, prosecutors, and defense counsel regarding best legal practices in the prosecution of piracy suspects. Dean Scharf and Professor Sterio will discuss issues such as the definition of piracy under international law, the feasibility of establishing a special piracy court in the region (East Africa), jurisdictional challenges related to the prosecution of piracy, and the prosecution of juvenile piracy suspects.