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Maine Maritime Academy to Host Maritime Law and Piracy Awareness Lecture


CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy’s Marine Transportation department will present a lecture addressing the legal and geo-political issues surrounding international maritime piracy Thursday April 4th at 6 p.m. in Delano Auditorium.

The event will feature three experts in maritime law, piracy and security:

Dr. Charles H. Norchi, a professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and Director of the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law, will introduce the legal issues associated with maritime piracy.

Mr. Issa Farah is General Director of the Petroleum and Mineral Agency of the Puntland State of Somalia and a research Fellow in the Center for Oceans and Coastal Law at the University of Maine School of Law. He will discuss his experience with piracy and Somalia.

Mr. Zhang Dan is a Research Associate of Law of the Sea Division, China Institute for Marine Affairs, State Oceanic Administration. He will discuss China’s views on maritime security.

Additionally, a representative from the University of Maine School of Law Admissions Office will be available before and after the lecture to field questions about law school admissions.

Andrew Strosahl, a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy (‘05D) and a current law student at the University of Maine School of Law, will be available to talk about the transition from Maine Maritime Academy to law school.

This event is free and open to the public. Anyone with an interest in maritime law, or in gaining an international perspective of the ramifications of crimes on the high seas is encouraged to attend.

Maine Maritime Academy is a co-educational, public college on the coast of Maine offering fifteen degree programs in engineering, management, science and transportation. For more information, visit

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