While piracy is an ancient crime, there have always been controversies over its definition, including the present treaty law definition. Attempts to reconcile this crime with, historically, the acts of civil war insurgencies and more recently with acts of terrorism has brought further inconsistencies to the fore within the definitions of 'pirate', 'terrorist' and 'war'. For a long period an understanding that piracy is committed 'for private ends' stood as a distinguishing mark of this crime. However, recent attempts to either merge or hold apart the categories of 'pirate' and 'terrorist' have lead some to re-evaluate this private ends requirement. The event will attempt to identify existing distinctions and overlaps in legal terminology and ideas related to piracy in its various forms. International law experts will clarify the concepts involved and provide additional practical and theoretical insights from perspectives of the law of the sea, maritime law and criminal law.
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