633 THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MARINE AND COASTAL LAW, Vol 22, No 4 © Koninklijke Brill NV, 2007 Book Review Adam J. Young, Contemporary Maritime Piracy in Southeast Asia , Singapore: ISEAS/IIAS (2007) & Graham Gerard Ong-Webb (ed.), Piracy, Maritime Terrorism and Securing the Malacca Straits , Singapore: ISEAS/IIAS (2006) Despite its often glamorized and sentimental portrayals in popular media, exemplified in the recent Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, maritime piracy has always been an extremely violent and callous form of criminal activity. In extreme cases, pirates are known to kill everyone on board, as well as scuttling the vessels they pillage, thus ensuring that an already jurisdic- tionally problematic offence also becomes a juridically difficult one to collect evidence against. For these reasons, piracy has historically been readily accepted by international lawyers as an example par excellence of an offence or crime against the international ordre public , with pirates themselves being regarded as hostes humani generis , literally meaning the ‘enemies of all mankind’. In the post-9/11 era, piracy has also become entangled in wider maritime secu- rity issues in the so-called ‘war on terror’. The pair of complementary titles reviewed here examines the Southeast
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