Professor Sterio Publishes Blog Post on Recent ECHR Decision Ordering France to Pay Damages to Somali Pirates

Professor and Associate Dean published a post on Communis Hostis Omnium (an academic blog devoted to a discussion of legal issues related to maritime piracy), which was cross-posted on Intlawgrrls, entitled “European Court of Human Rights Orders France to Pay Damages to Somali Pirates.”  In this post, Professor Sterio discusses the recent European Court of Human Rights decision, ordering France to pay damages to Somali pirates, who had been held for 48 hours on French soil before being officially charged before judicial authorities.  The pirates had been held for multiple days overseas, by French authorities, but the European Court of Human Rights found that this delay was justified because of exceptional circumstances.  However, the Court found that the additional 48-hour delay on French soil could not be justified under article 5(3) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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