Development of Maritime Law 

Naina Srivastava
Amity Law School, Amity University, Lucknow, India

Volume I, Issue III, 2018

“Let the sea set you free”, Ocean has been one of the earliest channels for transportation of goods and people. Even today it plays an important role in trading on an international level since ships are capable of carrying bulky which would not have been possible otherwise . The sea was used for commerce by people from a lot of countries which led to disputes and wars. This led to the emergence of maritime law. Maritime law is a body of law which consists of rules and regulations related to the shipping industry . Rhodian Sea Laws are considered to be the earliest maritime laws. The influence of Rhodian Sea Law was altered with the rise of Roman Empire . But a uniform code based on Rhodian Law remained and were later on leveled up by the Romans . . Three noted codes of oceanic law – whose standards were found in the Roman law, were figured in Europe amid the three centuries between A.D. 1000 and A.D. 1300. These were- Consolato del Mare ( Regulation of the Sea) , Laws of Wibsy and Laws of Oleron . Contemporary oceanic law is a blend of antiquated tenets and new at laws both national and universal . current sea law comprises of laws that are of memorable inception and of ongoing advancement. The soonest known sea laws were uniform . The authentic consistency of early oceanic laws declined with the development of sovereignity . The International Maritime Committee or CMI started consistency among national oceanic enactments of part nations . This association has likewise proceeded with the move towards uniform sea laws . Since 1958, a large number of CMI’s capacities have been taken by the International Maritime Organization of the UNO.

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