Piracy: A Legal Definition

Piracy: A Legal Definition

Date: October 19, 2010
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: Pirate attacks in the waters off the Horn of Africa, including those on U.S.-flagged vessels, have brought continued U.S. and international attention to the long-standing problem of piracy in the region. A recent development in one of the piracy trials in Norfolk, VA, has highlighted a potential limitation in the definition of piracy under the United States Code. This report first examines the historical development of the offense of piracy, as defined by Congress and codified in the United States Code. The focus then turns to how contemporary international agreements define piracy. Finally, the report highlights a recent federal district court ruling that the offense of piracy under 18 U.S.C. § 1651 requires a robbery at sea.
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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

Date: October 29, 2010
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the purpose of which is to provide for, strengthen, and expedite the national defense by protecting service members, enabling them to "devote their entire energy to the defense needs of the Nation." This report also discusses related legislation, such as the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which clarifies certain SCRA protections.
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Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Date: January 5, 2011
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: Report concerning multilateral and bilateral Status of Force Agreements (SOFAs). Topics include the common traits of SOFAs, historical examples, and current examples.
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The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): A Private Cause of Action

Date: January 24, 2011
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and related legislation, such as the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010, which clarifies certain SCRA protections.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Date: June 18, 2009
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: Multilateral and bilateral agreements addressing the status of U.S. armed forces abroad are commonly referred to as Status of Force Agreements (SOFAs). SOFAs establish the framework under which military personnel operate in a foreign country. The United States is currently party to more than 100 agreements that may be considered SOFAs. A list of current agreements included at the end of this report is categorized in tables according to the underlying source of authority, if any, for each of the SOFAs.
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Piracy: A Legal Definition

Piracy: A Legal Definition

Date: December 13, 2010
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report first examines the historical development of the offense of piracy, as defined by Congress and codified in the United States Code. The focus then turns to how contemporary international agreements define piracy. Finally, the report highlights developments in two trials involving charges of piracy in the federal district court in Norfolk, VA, United States v. Said and United States v. Hasan, specifically focusing on how the courts interpreted the definition of piracy under 18 U.S.C. § 1651.
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Securing America's Borders: The Role of the Military

Securing America's Borders: The Role of the Military

Date: June 16, 2010
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report provides background information regarding military assistance in securing America's borders. The report discusses the role of Armed Forces that provide support to law enforcement and immigration authorities.
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Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): What Is It, and How Has It Been Utilized?

Date: December 1, 2008
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report discusses the provisions of multilateral and bilateral agreements addressing the status of U.S. armed forces abroad, which are commonly referred to as Status of Force Agreements (SOFA), and provides a survey of current SOFAs.
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Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): Transfer and Disposal of Military Property

Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC): Transfer and Disposal of Military Property

Date: February 28, 2013
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report provides an overview of the various authorities available under the current law and describes the planning process for the redevelopment of base realignment and closure (BRAC) properties.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Securing America's Borders: The Role of the Military

Securing America's Borders: The Role of the Military

Date: February 25, 2013
Creator: Mason, R. Chuck
Description: This report provides background information regarding military assistance in securing America's borders. The report discusses the role of Armed Forces that provide support to law enforcement and immigration authorities.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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