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Advanced Introduction to Maritime Law

Paul Todd

Written by leading scholar Paul Todd, this Advanced Introduction draws on the author’s decades of experience researching and teaching maritime law, offering a clear and concise introduction to the core areas of the field. In addition to providing a primer on the substance, it explains the worldwide applications of English law, and surveys the sources of law and how to locate them. It also highlights some of the difficulties in interpreting the law and pinpoints which individuals have been instrumental in doing so, and in making and developing the law.
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Chapter 5    Admiralty law

Paul Todd


Admiralty law is based around the jurisdiction of what is now the Admiralty Court, part of the High Court.1 A government website states of the Admiralty Court that what it covers today includes:2

•   collisions between ships;

•   disputes over the transport of cargo;

•   salvage of a ship, cargo or crew;

•   disputes over goods supplied to a ship;

•   disputes over mortgages and other security over ships;

•   claims by passengers for injuries suffered;

•   claims by ship crew for unpaid wages;

•   claims by shipowners to limit liability for loss or damage.

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