171. Jurisdiction of English courts.

The English courts1 have jurisdiction to try all cases of piracy jure gentium in whatever part of the high seas and upon whosoever's property it may be committed, and whether the accused are British subjects or the subjects of any foreign state with whom Her Majesty is at amity2.

If the act of depredation was committed, even without the Queen's commission, upon a subject of a state at enmity with Her Majesty, this does not amount to piracy; but it is piracy for a person who holds her commission to despoil those with whom his commission does not authorise him