CMI Database of Judicial Decisions on International Conventions
On 1 March 2017 CMI in co-operation with the Centre of Maritime Law of the National University of Singapore launched a database for judgments on maritime law conventions which fall within the scope of interest of the CMI. This of course includes the Brussels conventions initiated by CMI itself, but also the relevant conventions from the IMO, Uncitral, Unctad etc. The database aims to continue the work of Professor Francesco Berlingieri over the many years, but with the use of the advantages of modern software. The new system will be fed by a network of correspondents appointed by the national maritime law associations within the CMI family.
The Dutch Transport Law Association is happily engaged in this project as it enables us increase the visibility of Dutch court judgments which are normally published only in the Dutch language (although parties can opt to conduct legal proceedings in English before the Maritime Chamber of the Rotterdam Court). The activities in the Dutch ports in Europe (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Flushing, Delfzijl) and in the Dutch Caribbean, together with the worldwide dealings of Dutch shipowners, marine contractors, offshore companies and ship yards give rise to interesting judgments in which the courts have had to construe and interpret one or more of the relevant conventions. The Dutch Transport Law Association is happy with the support of the board of editors of the Dutch transport law reports Schip en Schade for allowing the use of their summaries as a basis for the English translations. Since 2015 we can also draw on English summaries prepared by the Maritime Chamber of the Rotterdam Court itself.
TRANSPORT – International Transport Law Instruments
Continuation online of the (former) looseleaf publication T. van der Valk & J.E. de Boer (eds.), TRANSPORT - International Transport Treaties, The Hague/Boston: Kluwer Law International (ISBN 90 6544 9035). The online database contains English and French texts of international conventions and standard terms & conditions which are relevant for the practice or research in the area transport law. The documents concerning international conventions contain further information with respect to signatures, ratifications, acceptances, approvals, accessions, reservations and notifications of succession by States or Regional Economic Integration Organizations.