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DATABASE FOR JUDICIAL DECISIONS ON INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS (previously known as 'Jurisprudence on Maritime Conventions')

FOUNDING Co-ordinator 

10 Via Roma 16121 Genova
Tel: +39 010 586 441
Fax: +39 010 594 805
Email: slb@dirmar.it


Professor Stephen D. GIRVIN,
Director, Centre for Maritime Law (CML), National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law
Eu Tong Sen Building, 469G Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259776
E-mail: sdgirvin@nus.edu.sg


Giorgio BERLINGIERI [Italy]

Lawrence TEH [Singapore]

Taco VAN DER VALK [Netherlands]

Alexander VON ZIEGLER [Switzerland]





In order to ensure uniformity by way of international legislation three subsequent steps are required:

a) Adoption of an international convention on a given subject
b) Appropriate implementation of the convention
c) Uniform interpretation of the convention

Information on the technique adopted by States parties to a convention for its implementation will help the Depositary of the convention, States parties, courts and lawyers to establish the extent to which legislative uniformity has been achieved.

Information from various countries on judgments in which a convention or its national enactment is considered, interpreted and applied will indicate whether its interpretation is uniform or not and may also contribute to increased uniformity in the future. Similarly, information on commentaries in text books, law journal articles and the like of a convention, its implementation and judgments issued in respect of a convention, may be of assistance to judges and lawyers.

Our project is to contribute to uniformity by collecting and publishing information about the implementation and interpretation of international maritime conventions on a national level.

In order to collect the necessary information from various jurisdictions, we will rely primarily on the assistance of judges, academics, civil servants, practising lawyers and interested persons generally.

You are therefore kindly invited to provide relevant information in English to Francesco Berlingieri at slb@dirmar.it

Associations, organizations and publishers are of course also invited to provide information.

Publication by us of any information supplied will normally be with attribution to our source as well as with customary reference to case, book, article etc.


In order to ensure consistency in the information specimens are provided. Click here for more information.

However, we emphasize that if for want of time or otherwise you are unable to submit information in the requested format, please supply the information in whatever form or language the circumstances permit. Some information is obviously better than no information and we will hopefully be able to supplement with information from other sources

DATABASE of decisions by national Courts on the interpretation of maritime conventions has been established on the CMI website. Its purpose is to make available to judges, lawyers, academics and to the industry, as many judgments as possible from as many Courts situated in as many countries as possible, on the interpretation of maritime conventions, in the hope that that will contribute to their uniform interpretation.

The database is structured with reference to each convention and then for each convention with reference to individual subjects, listed in an alphabetical order, with the indication of the relevant article.

For each judgment there are indicated the country, the judicial authority, the date of the judgment, the names of the parties and the journal where the judgment has been published. There follows a summary of the facts and the head notes.

At present the database contains summaries of judgments that relate to the following Conventions:

Documents of interest

Presidents Correspondance - Expansion Project Jurisprudence on Maritime Conventions Questionnaire

Answer from Argentina

Answer from Brazil

Answer from Canada

Answer from China

Answer from Croatia

Answer from Denmark

Answer from Finland

Answer from France

Answer from Greece

Answer from Ireland

Answer from Israel

Answer from Italy

Answer from Japan

Answer from Malta

Answer from Netherlands

Answer from Norway

Answer from Poland

Answer from Spain

Answer from South Africa

Answer from Sweden

Answer from Turkey

Answer from Ukraine

Answer from USA

Answer from Venezuela, part 1

Answer from Venezuela, part 2