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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Admiralty Law

Thomas de la Motte

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 October 2019

Subject(s):
Transport — Goods — Ships / vessels — Pollution — Full protection and security — Natural resources

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Admiralty law, often also referred to as maritime law, is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offences. It is a body of private law governing the relationship between private entities in connection with the operation of seagoing ships. It needs to be distinguished from the law of the sea , which is a body of public international law dealing with navigational rights, mineral rights, fishing rights, jurisdiction over coastal waters, and the international law governing relationships between nations. 2 Admiralty law is by its nature a very...
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