School of Law to host conference on combatting maritime piracy Sept. 6

Two-dozen of the world’s foremost counter-piracy experts will gather at an international conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law to analyze novel, front-line legal options and challenges in the fight against maritime piracy.

The law school will host “End Game! An International Conference on Combating Maritime Piracy,” on Friday, Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the School of Law’s Moot Courtroom (A59).

The keynote address will be given at 1 p.m. by Roméo Dallaire, Canadian retired lieutenant-general and the best-selling author who was played by Nick Nolte in the 2005 award-winning film Hotel Rwanda.” Dallaire, who now heads the The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative at Dalhousie University, will be presented with the 2013 Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice.

Conference panelists also include Chief Judge of the Kenya Piracy Court Rosemelle Mutoka; Chief Judge of the Seychelles Piracy Court Duncan Gaswaga, and Chief of Piracy Prosecutions of Mauritius Sulakshna Beekarry. Panels examine current trends and efforts to combat piracy, the problem of child pirates, the challenge of combating pirate financing and operational issues in combating and apprehending pirates.

“The current anti-pirate armada off the coast of Africa is not financially sustainable,” says conference organizer Michael Scharf, associate dean for Global Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve’s School of Law, “but when the foreign navies draw down their fleet, piracy will return.  It’s time to develop a comprehensive end game. That’s the goal of this conference.”

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information, including the conference agenda and list of speakers, or to view a live webcast of the conference on Sept. 6, go to

The conference in sponsored by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.