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The University of Southampton
Institute of Maritime Law

Athens Convention research project

Passenger claims under the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their luggage by Sea, 1974, are often adjudicated in the County Courts and the judgments are not reported. Few reach web sites such as BAILII. This means that decisions capable of developing the law are lost, and there may be a lack of uniformity in decisions. Our project aims to discover how the Convention is being applied in UK courts. We are therefore interested in receiving all decisions involving interpretation of the Athens Convention. Our research is primarily focused on UK courts, but we are also interested in decisions from other jurisdictions.

The purpose of the project is to identify and demonstrate developments, trends and contradictions in the developments of the law. We will be analysing the decisions and reporting developments in publicly accessible resources, such as the IML web site, the Law School Blog and Lloyd's Shipping & Trade Law ( 

This research is being undertaken by Dr Johanna Hjalmarsson and Robert Veal of the Institute of Maritime Law, Southampton Law School.


Please send decisions in a standard format such as .doc or .pdf to Johanna or Robert. Alternatively, you can contact us for a postal address or other means of submission.

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