Q: Do district courts still have original jurisdiction over acts of piracy committed on international waters?
Following Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum (and, perhaps, Jesner v Arab Bank, PLC) do district courts still have original jurisdiction over acts of piracy committed on international waters?
A: Probably not, unless said courts are in the same physical jurisdiction where the ship that was victimized is registered. The court of original jurisdiction is where the (non-pirate) ship is registered. For example, many cruse lines register native to the Bahamas; if one of those vessels were attacked by pirates, the Bahamas is where legal action could be entertained.
Hope that helps,
Aubrey C. Galloway III, Esq.
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