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Piracy in the Gulf between law and morality

Piracy in the Gulf between law and morality

In these morally muddied waters, there is no universally recognised principle of morality, no clearly identified public policy, no substantially incontestable public interest, which could lead the courts … to state that payment of ransom [to release cargo ships seized by pirates] should be regarded as a matter which stands beyond the pale, without any legitimate recognition.”

Masefield AG v Amlin Corporate Member Ltd [2011] Bus LR 1082, para 71, per Rix LJ.

This case, …

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