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Uniformity of Transport Law through International Regimes

Olena Bokareva, Lund University, Sweden
Uniformity of Transport Law through International Regimes addresses the problem of uniformity of transport law and the potential solutions at international and EU levels. It concerns transport conventions and other instruments dealing mainly with carriage of goods by sea and multimodal transport as well as examining the Rotterdam Rules as one of the solutions towards uniformity in carriage of goods law. The discussion on international uniformity in transport law is complemented by an examination of regional harmonization in the context of EU law-making and jurisprudence in the field of international transport. The comparison between international and regional regimes reveals the complexities in application and interpretation of the certain transport conventions which is detrimental to achieving uniformity.
Extent: 360 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 744 0
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Addressing the issues surrounding the uniformity of transport law, Olena Bokareva provides an insight into both its theoretical foundations and the convention regimes that govern different modes of transport. Timely and engaging, this book considers a multitude of potential solutions at both international and EU levels.

Uniformity of Transport Law through International Regimes concerns transport conventions and other instruments dealing mainly with carriage of goods by sea and multimodal transport as well as examining the Rotterdam Rules as one of the solutions towards uniformity in carriage of goods law. The discussion on international uniformity in transport law is complemented by an examination of regional harmonization in the context of EU law-making and jurisprudence in the field of international transport. The comparison between international and regional regimes reveals the complexities in application and interpretation of the certain transport conventions, which is detrimental to achieving uniformity.

Providing a close examination of international and EU rules, other soft law instruments and case law, this comprehensive book will be a key resource for maritime and transport lawyers, law students and policymakers alike.
‘An excellent book and essential read for anyone interested in harmonization of transport law. Dr Bokareva skilfully analyses the numerous reform suggestions and harmonization attempts which are pervading international transport law and are rife in a multimodal setting. Built upon a succinct examination of the complex legal landscape, she offers original comment and develops pragmatic and thought-provoking solutions.’
Simone Lamont-Black, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘Excellent reading for anyone interested in uniformity in international transport law. Penetrating the different attempts to harmonize the rules of international transport law, the book provides deep insight into the historical and current discussion on global transport law as well as the recent EU attempt on drafting a regional regime on multimodal carriage of goods.’
Ellen Eftestöl-Wilhelmsson, University of Helsinki, Finland and University of Oslo, Norway

‘Uniformity of Transport Law Through International Regimes is a most challenging and solid publication centering around the new 2008 Rotterdam Rules, still waiting and struggling for a sufficient number of ratifications. From a very broad historical and comparative law perspective, the author analyses the actual position of transport law and its future, taking into account the development from uni modal transport through multi modal transport as a consequence of containerization and the impact of digitalization of commercial life. Her analysis is not limited to maritime law proper but encompasses all transport modes. The author also places great interest on the European involvement in shaping regional transport law over global transport law through unification and harmonization. On the eve of Brexit - a victory for many as well as a disaster for others - this analysis is certainly a welcome source of practical information that will be relevant for practicing transport lawyers and academics and commercial people involved in the shipping and transport industry in general. The book is thus an excellent introduction into the general international law transport with a lot of factual historical and commercial information. Well written and well structured and most informative. This is much more than a useful tool in the library of transport lawyer, rather it is a “must have”.’
– Marc A. Huybrechts, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. International regime on carriage of goods: an historical overview 3. Multimodal transport and logistics in the contemporary regime of carriage of goods 4. Uniformity in international transport law 5. A new regime for maritime and multimodal transport: The Rotterdam Rules, 2008 6. Shipper’s obligations and liabilities under the Rotterdam Rules, 2008 7. Regional harmonization of transport law – EU law and policy 8. Summary and conclusions References Index