An interesting, but not totally military justice related, article in the Public Contract Law Journal this month, Richard, MAJ Theodore, Reconsidering the Letter of Marque: Utilizing Private Security Providers Against Piracy, 39 Publ. Contract L. J. 441 (Spring 2010).  The article analyzes the potential use of Letters of Marque in combating the current spate of piracy emanating from Somali.  Interestingly the article in discussing accountability for contractors issued letters of marque does not reference special maritime jurisdiction or other extraterritorial statutes (e.g. MEJA) that might be applicable in this context if letters of marque are issued and tied to contingency operations in support of Congress’ Authorization for the Use of Military Force in 2001.

3 Responses to “Letters of Marque Article”

  1. AF reservist says:

    Anyone have a link to the article? Link in CAAFLOG item only brings up a summary (or I am not seeing link to full article) and WESTLAW search only brought up winter edition.

  2. Reply to AF reservist says:

    1) Click on “One-Click Download”
    2) Click on “Download Anonymously”


  3. Matt says:

    That’s cool that you picked up on this paper. On my blog called Feral Jundi, I discuss the Letter of Marque and how it could be used in modern times. There isn’t a lot of information about this little known law in our constitution (Article 1, Section 8), and my intention is to just get it out there for discussion. Feel free to check it out if you like, either using my search feature or just clicking on the Letter of Marque category.