We have attempted to study the legal regime governing marine piracy with special reference to Somali piracy and seeks out legal solution in international law and Islamic law. As a prelude, the article explores the background of Somali marine piracy including the causes of its emergence, increase against international shipping and its economic cost to international community.

The article identifies the deficiencies of international law of marine piracy that allow Somali marine piracy to flourish and the proposed reform to the legal regime governing marine piracy. The article examines the effectiveness of cooperation among states on fighting Somali marine piracy under such insufficiency of legal regime of marine piracy.

Moreover, the article evaluates and selects the most appropriate jurisdiction from the various proposed tribunals on Somali marine piracy to try Somali pirates. It finally conclude what might be regarded as an addition to the international legal efforts at repressing Somali piracy