30 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise are locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight, facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deep water drilling in one of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile places. CCES’s expert on offshore petroleum, Dr Mikhail Kashubsky, recently signed Greenpeace’s Statement of Concern and wrote a paper on whether an act of piracy can be committed against an offshore petroleum installation; click here to see his findings. See also Mikhail’s paper “Customs Regulation of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations: Australian Law and Practice”.