Sunday, November 3, 2013



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File:Berner Iustitia.jpg  Much of admiralty and maritime law is in fact a reflection of national codification and enforcement of international maritime convention obligations. Often, in our experience in maritime claims, we found that research beyond national law and regulation into underlying conventions brought to light applicable codes and standards useful to resolution of the claim, recognizable by the court, but not found in national law or regulation or incorporated by reference. As  Coast Guardsman working in inspections with a large Captain of the Port Office , we had at least occasional need of consular services, and occasionally local consular offices were a source of complaint. At that level the entire inspection work force from junior petty officers to lieutenant commanders needed  an understanding of the privileges and immunities of war ships and merchant men. Those of us who advanced as enlisted Coast Guardsmen to the Senior Chief Petty Officer level had to answer advancement examination questions on Status of Forces Agreements. Surely every maritime attorney or paralegal, every junior Navy or Coast Guard officer, and many senior petty officers and Marine Corps commissioned and non commissioned officers need a fundamental working knowledge of maritime international law. 

 The purpose of this book has been to provide an introduction to well established enduring principles of Maritime International Law. Once this primer has been completed a maritime professional should study the particulars of the concepts, and conventions most important to the particular work he or she is engaged in. To assist you in locating such works a suggested reading list follows.

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