SOLM253 Seafarers Law (Not running 2021-22)
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.
Mode of Assessment
2.15 hour examination