Show Less
You do not have access to this content

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.
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 6    Maritime law: present and future

Paul Todd


English maritime law is rooted in history, but it applies in the present and must look to the future. Maritime trades have changed considerably over the last half century, and the law has to apply to situations that are very different from those that obtained 50 years ago. There are respects in which the law has not adapted well to recent changes. The rate of change will probably accelerate over the coming decades, and this will present new legal challenges. This chapter examines recent and likely future developments.

Multimodal transport (sometimes referred to as combined or intermodal transport) pre-dated containerisation, but it took off as a result of the container revolution. Containerisation was invented in the 1950s and became the norm, outside the bulk cargo trade, in the 1960s and 70s. Container transport differs in significant respects from the bulk carriage model that forms the basis of the CIF and FOB contracts that are the backbone of Chapter 2 of this book. It also sits uneasily with the ship’s rail to ship’s rail voyage that would have been the norm when the Hague Rules were drawn up.1

With multimodal transport, the containers are typically sealed and unloaded inland, so that the operation involves a land leg, a sea leg, and, once the sea voyage has been completed, a further land leg. Article 1(1) of the United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods (1980) (MMTC) (on which see, further, section []) requires...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.