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Maritime Safety Law and Policies of the European Union and the United States of America: Antagonism or Synergy?


About this book


The International Maritime Organization (IMO), as the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the regulation of shipping engaged in international trade from the points of view of maritime safety and the prevention and control of pol- tion by ships, recognizes that these goals can only be effectively achieved if each and every link in the corresponding chain of responsibility meets fully its obli- tions. Flag, port and coastal States, as well as the shipping industry itself, all have roles to play in collectively improving safety and protecting the environment, both marine and atmospheric, through the development, adoption, and uniform imp- mentation and enforcement of, global standards. In this book, Dr. Christodoulou-Varotsi sets out to explore the extent to which the actions of the European Union and the United States, as the main originators of high standards in these fields, constitute a paradigm to the rest of the inter- tional maritime community. In this regard, while underscoring the need for a - listic, multilateral approach to maritime regulation – as epitomized by the work of IMO – the author explores how standards could be enhanced through the use of unilateral action.


European Union Maritime Law International Maritime Law Marine environment Maritime Law Maritime safety Oil pollution US Maritime Law

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From the reviews:

“Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi has written a very interesting and useful book, which greatly contributes to the study of maritime safety law and to the bibliography of maritime law in general. … The reader will also appreciate the index and the extensive bibliography, which is both lengthy and updated. … the treatment of the subject by the author is throughout thoughtful and stimulating and the controversial issues are fully analyzed. … an essential tool of reference highly recommended to advanced students and practitioners in maritime law.” (Constantine Katsigeras, Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, Vol. 1, 2011)