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Bills of Lading

2nd Edition

By Richard Aikens, Richard Lord, Michael Bools

Informa Law from Routledge

558 pages

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Hardback: 9780415745819
pub: 2015-12-21
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Bills of Lading form an essential part of the carriage of goods by sea and international trade. Their multi-functional nature, together with the large volume of case law and regulation, make the law in this field as complex is it is commercially vital. This bestselling book provides a detailed analysis of the law and practice applicable to bills of lading before, during and after shipment, helping today’s busy practitioner to quickly and easily find the information they need.

This book has been fully revised and updated with all of the major developments since its first edition, including:

  • Reference to increasingly important Singapore and Far-Eastern decisions
  • An analysis of modern developments in seaworthiness, from vetting and approval clauses to the topical issues of vulnerability and piracy attacks
  • Detailed examination of misdelivery, fraudulent or forged bills of lading, and delivery without production of a bill of lading
  • Revised coverage of conflicts and procedural matters, including anti-suit injunctions, jurisdiction battles and the scope of arbitration
  • Reference to relevant European law relating to issues of jurisdiction and procedure
  • Comprehensive treatment of Switched bills, transhipment, house bills, deck carriage and container cargo
  • New material on the practical implications of electronic bills of lading

This text continues to provide an indispensable reference for maritime practitioners and institutions worldwide.



'…the publication of this second edition will be universally welcomed by maritime lawyers…this new edition of Bills of Lading deserves to enhance even further its established reputation.'

Professor Stephen Girvin, Journal of International Maritime Law

Table of Contents

1. A Short History of the Bill of Lading 2. Definition and Classification of Bills of Lading 3. The Issue of Bills of Lading 4. Representations in the Bill of Lading 5. Delivery 6. The Bill of Lading and Property and Title to the Goods 7. The Bill of Lading as a Contract 8. The Transfer of Contractual Rights 9. Claims other than in Contract 10. Contractual Rights and Obligations: The Hague Rules 11. Combined Transport and Through Bills of Lading 12. Freight 13. Primary Remedies 14. Conflicts and Procedural Matters

About the Authors

Richard Aikens was a Lord Justice of Appeal from 2008 to 2015. He now works as an arbitrator.

Richard Lord is a Barrister at Brick Court Chambers, UK.

Michael Bools is a Barrister at Brick Court Chambers, UK.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Maritime