Michael Byers and Douglas R. Burgess, Jr. debate on the topic, Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
In the current issue of Legal Affairs, Douglas Burgess proposes a new tool in the war on terror: the law against piracy. The 2000-year-old "war against pirates," he recounts, "is the only known example of state vs. nonstate conflict until the advent of the war on terror." This history, argues Burgess, teaches important lessons about how to fight terrorism today.
Can laws against piracy help stop terrorism?
Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and is the author of War Law: Understanding International Law and Armed Conflict.
Douglas R. Burgess, Jr. is the author of Seize the Trident: The Race for Superliner Supremacy and How It Altered the Great War.
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