Russia, Greenpeace and the Netherlands

When Russia recently arrested Greenpeace activists protesting drilling in the Arctic Circle it charged them with piracy which carries a possible sentence of 15 years in prison.  The Netherlands has now sued before the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) claiming that the Russians illegally detained the “Arctic Sunrise” a ship registered in the Netherlands.  International scholars questioned whether the activists were “pirates” under international law.  Russia eventually backed away from its piracy charge.  Another question is whether Russia had jurisdiction to arrest the activists in the first place.  How would you find out about these international and foreign legal developments?  Use our Foreign Law research guide.