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International Law Observer welcomes guest author Michael Passman

We will start the new year with a guest post by Michael Passman on the topical issue of piracy and international law. For all those who have followed the news in the past weeks and months (cf. our report on the demand to establish a special international tribunal to deal with issues of piracy), know about the relevance of this topic.

Michael Passman is an attorney concentrating his practice in insurance coverage litigation in Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. He is the author of a recent article on Protections Afforded to Pirates under the Law of War and International Law in volume 40 of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal 2008 and a forthcoming article addressing insurance coverage aspects of sea piracy entitled Interpreting Sea Piracy Clauses in Marine Insurance Contracts. His guest post will highlight some of the arguments made in his 2008 article.

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