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Maritime piracy

Since the ’80s, the international community has shown an increasing interest in the phenomenon of maritime piracy, also because of the increase in attacks along some of the busiest routes. The governments of many states and the shipping companies, whose ships sail the seas of the Indian Ocean, south-east Asia, south America, the Gulf of Guinea, the Red Sea and the Arabian Sea, share this interest. In the last few years Transcrime has been studying the phenomenon of maritime piracy with particular attention to Somalia, one of the areas that has experienced  the highest number of attacks in the last decade.

The analyses focus in particular on two aspects. On the one hand, the analyses regard the attacks recorded, the areas, the periods of the year and the times of day when the attacks are concentrated as well as the types of ships most victimized. The aim is to identify crime opportunities and factors that favour attacks and their success. On the other hand, the interest focuses on the military and non-military measures taken to combat the phenomenon, assessing their costs and their effectiveness.

This second aspect will be examined in depth in the project IPATCH (Intelligent Threat Detection and Avoidance using Countermeasure Heuristics), which Transcrime won in consortium with other universities and companies in Europe. The project aims to analyze current non-military measures against maritime piracy, to produce a handbook to facilitate the use as well as a further development of measures to combat the phenomenon, and to develop an automated tool to support decisions on board, which provides the operator with a real-time assessment of the risk of piracy attack.

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External publications

  • Savona, E.U., & Berlusconi, G., (2011), “Maritime Piracy in Somalia: Developing New Situational Prevention Techniques.” In International Organized Crime: The African Experience, edited by John T. Picarelli, 45-57. Selected papers and contributions from the international conference on “International Organized Crime: The African Experience”, Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy (10-12 December 2010). Milan: ISPAC.

 

  • Berlusconi, G., (2012), “Piracy: History”. In Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime and Justice, edited by Margaret E. Beare. London: SAGE Publications.

Events

15
May
2020
Milan

(Webinar) RICICLAGGIO E INFILTRAZIONI DELLA CRIMINALITÀ ORGANIZZATA: RIPARTIRE CON NUOVI INDICATORI DI RISCHIO – Michele Riccardi together with other experts talks about the new risk scenarios generated by COVID19.

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6
May
2020
Milan

DATACROS MID-TERM MEETING – Michele Riccardi and Antonio Bosisio discuss with partners the first results of DATACROS project.

27
March
2020
Cardiff

DATA SCIENCE FOR POLICING, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY – Marco Dugato discusses the main existing approaches to crime forecasting at Cardiff University.

18
March
2020
Brussels

THE NEED FOR AN EU PLAN TO END THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF GRAND CORRUPTION – Prof. Ernesto Savona discusses about the EU needs to rethink its overall approach to asset recovery at the event organized by Transparency International EU.

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19
February
2020
Brussels

EUROPEAN CRIME PREVENTION CONFERENCE (EUCPN) – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.

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12
February
2020
Rome

TRAIN THE TRAINERS – Thomas Joyce talks about the value of radicalisation monitoring and the use of possible indicators allowing an early detection of radicalization phenomenon at the Department of Penitentiary Administration.

7
February
2020
L'Aia

COOPERATION BETWEEN EUROPOL, ACADEMIA AND RESEARCH EXPERTS – Prof. Savona participates in the roundtable ‘Cooperation between Europol, Academia and Research Experts’.

28
January
2020
Rome

TRAin TRAINING FINAL CONFERENCE – Prof. Savona discusses the European future of tools for monitoring radicalization processes in prison.

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21
January
2020
Nassau

EMPIRICAL AML RESEARCH CONFERENCE – Michele Riccardi discusses how to assess the risk of illicit financial flows through the analysis of cross border ownership links of European businesses.

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11
December
2019
Helsinki

EUCPN Board Meeting – Prof. Francesco Calderoni presents the final results of European project Proton.