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Måns Jacobsson

This chapter contains a presentation of the procedures for handling compensation claims that have been developed in maritime law within the framework of an international regime dealing with tanker oil spills which has been in operation since 1978. The international treaties creating this regime, the Civil Liability and Fund Conventions, contain hardly any provisions dealing with the handling of compensation claims. The intergovernmental organizations established to administer the regime, the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), have in connection with the handling of compensation claims arising out of some 150 tanker oil spills developed criteria for the admissibility of claims and procedures for claims handling. The author raises the question as to whether the procedures for claims handling developed within this regime could serve as a model for the handling of compensation claims within a future offshore liability and compensation regime.