1st Edition

New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in the 21st Century

ISBN 9780367777920
Published June 30, 2021 by Informa Law from Routledge
224 Pages

USD $125.00

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Book Description

New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in the 21st Century consists of edited versions of the papers delivered at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law’s 14th International Colloquium at Swansea Law School in September 2018. Written by a combination of top academics and highly experienced legal practitioners, these papers have been carefully co-ordinated to give the reader a first-class insight into the issues surrounding new technology and shipping.

The book is set out in three parts:

  • Part I offers a detailed and critical analysis of issues that are emerging, and those that are likely to emerge, from the use of advanced computer technology, particularly at the contracting process and in the context of issuing trading documents.

  • Part 2 focusses on artificial intelligence and discusses the contemporary issues that will emerge once autonomous ships and similar crafts are put to use in the world’s oceans. As well as this, the legal impact of ports utilising artificial intelligence and computer technology will also be considered.

  • Part 3 analyses how the increasing use of legal technology is changing insurance underwriting and shipping litigation.

An invaluable guide to the recent technological advances in shipping, this book is vital reading for both professional and academic readers.

Table of Contents

Table of cases. Table of legislation. Notes on editors and contributors. Foreword. Preface. Part 1 Effect of New Technologies on Contracting in Shipping Practice. Chapter 1 Blockchain and Smart Contracts in Shipping and Transport: A Legal Revolution is About to Arrive? Francesco Munari. Chapter 2 Smart Contracts - The BIMCO Experience Grant Hunter. Chapter 3 Can Commercial Law Accommodate New Technologies in International Shipping? Michael Sturley. Chapter 4 Electronic Signature in Shipping Practice Erik Røsæg. Chapter 5 Pinning Down Delivery: Glencore v. MSC and the Use of PIN Codes to Effect Delivery Simon Rainey. Part 2 Artificial Intelligence and Shipping. Chapter 6 Autonomous Shipping and Maritime Law Paul Dean and Henry Clack. Chapter 7 BOTPORT Law - The regulatory Agenda for the Transition to Smart Ports Erik van Hoydonk. Chapter 8 Autonomous Vessels and Third Party Liabilities - The Elephant in the Room Barış Soyer. Chapter 9 Shipping - Product Liability Goes High-Tech Andrew Tettenborn. Chapter 10 Who is the Master Now? Regulatory and Contractual Challenges of Unmanned Vessels Simon Baughen. Chapter 11 Carrier Liability for Unmanned Ships. Goodbye Crew, Hello Liability Frank Stevens. Part 3 Legal Tech and Its Impact on Shipping and Insurance. Chapter 12 Impact of Technology on Disclosure in Shipping Litigation Peter MacDonald-Eggers. Chapter 13 Insurance and Artificial Intelligence: Underwriting, Claims and Litigation Simon Cooper. Index.

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Barış Soyer is Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law and Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Law School, Swansea University. He was previously Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter (2000–2001).

Andrew Tettenborn is Professor of Commercial Law at the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Law School, University of Swansea. He was previously Professor of Law, University of Exeter (1996–2010) and Fellow of Pembroke College and Lecturer in Law, University of Cambridge (1979–1996).