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SOLM253 Seafarers Law

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Module Description

Over 90% of international world trade is carried by ships, crewed by around 1.5 million seafarers. The work of these seafarers is of global significance. But seafarers face a growing and fast evolving range of issues, including, for example, unpaid wages (approximately 30$million is recovered annually as unpaid wages); abandonment; civil, criminal and administrative investigations following maritime casualties; fatigue; suicide; piracy; ship automation; ship safety; and ship based pollution. A very wide range of shipping documents and contracts are impacted by the work of seafarers.

This module addresses the manner in which these issues are addressed by: the International Labour Organization; the International Maritime Organization; the Admiralty Court in England and some other courts around the world; port states; flag states; shipowners and international and national unions.

Given the essential and crucial work of seafarers regarding international trade, no study of shipping law would be complete without a critical understanding of seafarers' law and how this area of the law impacts other areas of shipping law.

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15 Credits

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