Research Handbook on Maritime Law and Regulation
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Research Handbook on Maritime Law and Regulation

Edited by Jason Chuah

There have been important developments in commercial practice, technology, shipping infrastructure and sustainability policies in recent times. This Research Handbook examines the major themes surrounding the thinking and studies of maritime law and practice. The stellar panel of contributors take a diverse range of approaches to identify any emerging theoretical and conceptual perspectives in law on what is essentially a fast paced sector of the global economy.
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Chapter 3: The Carriage of Goods Convention

Michiel Spanjaart


This contribution introduces an idea, as the Carriage of Goods Convention does not exist (yet). The objective of the convention is threefold: the harmonization, simplification and modernization of the rules on international carriage of goods. Whereas the existing conventions basically regulate unimodal contracts for the carriage of goods either by rail, sea, air, road or inland waterways, the starting point of the Carriage of Goods Convention is the contract of carriage in general. As the (number of) means of transportation is irrelevant, the convention applies to both unimodal and multimodal contracts of carriage.

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