Berlingieri on Arrest of Ships Volume 1

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International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to the Arrest of Sea-Going Ships: Brussels, 10 May 1952

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The Travaux Préparatoires of the 1952 Arrest Convention have been assembled with the same technique used for those of the Collision Convention. Also this book is therefore divided into three parts. Part I contains the history of the Convention. Part II contains the Travaux Préparatoires relating to each article and, under each article consisting of a number of paragraphs, to each paragraph. Part III contains the relevant documents. They include, in addition to the text of the Convention, all the drafts that have been prepared by the CMI. The words printed in capital letters show in each draft the changes as respects the previous draft. The original languages in which the Travaux Préparatoires have been published are English and French. The reports of the CMI Conferences are partly in English and partly in French. Those of the Diplomatic Conferences are only in French. The Travaux Préparatoires of the Convention are to be found in the records of the following four CMI Conferences and of the Diplomatic Conferences:
  • - Comité Maritime International - Conférence d’Oslo August 1933, CMI Bulletin No. 96 (hereinafter also referred to as the “CMI 1933 Oslo Conference”).
  • - Comité Maritime International - Conférence de Paris May 1937, CMI Bulletin No. 102 (hereinafter also referred to as the “CMI 1937 Paris Convention”).
  • - Comité Maritime International - Conférence de Amsterdam, September 1949, CMI Bulletin No. 104 (hereinafter also referred to as the “CMI 1949 Amsterdam Conference”).
  • - Comité Maritime International - Conférence de Naples, September 1951, CMI Bulletin No. 105 (hereinafter also referred to as the “CMI 1952 Naples Conference”).
  • - Conférence Internationale de Droit Maritime - Bruxelles 1952 - Neuvième Session.
Francesco Berlingieri

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Part I The History of the Convention

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1 The Draft Convention prepared by Léopold Dor.

At its meeting held in Antwerp on 19 November 1932 the International Sub-Committee appointed by the Bureau Permanent of the Comité Maritime International with the instructions to consider the possibility of ensuring uniformity in the area of arrest of ships, requested Mr. Léopold Dor to prepare a draft of an international convention on arrest of ships. At the subsequent meeting of the International Sub-Committee held in London on 16 May 1933, Mr. Dor submitted the draft he had prepared
1, accompanied by the Report reproduced below2:


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