This book is based on papers presented at the Sixth International Colloquium organised by the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University, in September 2009. The sixteen contributions have been written by a team of international experts who collectively submit the newly proposed Rotterdam Rules to asustained, penetrative and comprehensive analysis. The scale of the Rotterdam Rules is staggeringly wide, as also are their detail and complexity, and coming to a full understanding of the provisions and implications ofthe Rules represents a challenge even to those experienced in the law and practice of commercial shipping. This book examines virtually all aspects of the Rules and will provide an effective, reliable and readable guide to everyone seeking a complete grasp of the Rules.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Emergence and Application of the Rotterdam Rules D. Rhidian Thomas Chapter 2. From Treaty to Trial- The Implementation of the Rotterdam Rules Michael Harakis Chapter 3. Interpreting the International Sea-Carriage Conventions: Old and New Simon Rainey QC Chapter 4. Freedom of Contract and the Rotterdam Rules: Framework for Negotiation or One-Size Fits-All? Andrew Tettenborn Chapter 5. Minimal Music: Multimodal Transport Including a Maritime Leg under the Rotterdam Rules Ralp de Wit Chapter 6. The Duties of Carriers under the Conventions: Care and Seaworthiness Andrew Nicholas Chapter 7. Package Limitation as an Essential Feature of the Modern Maritime Transport Treaties: A Critical Analysis Marc A. Huybrechts Chapter 8. Exclusions of Liability Julian Clark and Jeffrey Thomson Chapter 9. Misdelivery Claims under Bills of Lading and International Conventions for the Carriage of Goods by Sea Simon Baughen Chapter 10. Some Remarks on the Allocation of the Burden of Proof under the Rotterdam Rules as Compared to the Hague (Visby) Rules Nick J. Margetson Chapter 11. Duties of Shippers and Dangerous Cargoes Frank Stevens Chapter 12. Deck Cargo: Safely Stowed at Last or Still At Sea? Susan Hodges and David A. Glass Chapter 13. Transport Documents under the International Conventions Francis Reynolds QC Chapter 14. Electronic Documents and the Rotterdam Rules David Martin-Clark Chapter 15. Impact of the Rotterdam Rules on the Himalaya Clause: The Port Terminal Operators' Case Jason Chuah Chapter 16. Jurisdiction and Arbitration Yvonne Baatz
Professor D. Rhidian Thomas is Emeritus Professor of Maritime Law and founding Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University.