International Maritime Conventions Volume I: The Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Sea


United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea, 2008 (Rotterdam Rules)


In May 1994 the Executive Council of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) appointed a working group2 with the mandate to continue the study on a possible substantial revision of the Hague-Visby Rules. That working group drew up a questionnaire3 for the CMI National Associations in which its opinion was requested on the best manner to find a remedy to the proliferation of the regimes governing carriage by sea in force in the maritime world4 and, in the affirmative, on whether such new regime should consist of a modernisation of either the Hague-Visby Rules or the Hamburg Rules or should consist in an entirely new set of uniform rules. Subsequently, the Executive Council created a new International Subcommittee giving it as terms of reference the preparation of a study of the most important questions in the area of carriage of goods by sea and the submission of recommendations on the most convenient manner of handling them with a view to ensuring international uniformity.

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