Maritime Employment Contracts in the Conflict of Laws

  • Wolfgang Wurmnest
Part of the Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs book series (HAMBURG, volume 23)


Maritime employment relationships very often possess cross-border elements: container vessels sail across the High Seas and ferry boats, fishing vessels and cruise ships regularly traverse waters attributable to different jurisdictions. Employment contracts arising out of newer usages of the oceans also have international elements, such as when employees are sent to construct offshore wind farms beyond national borders on the continental shelf. Thus the question arises regularly which law shall govern individual employment contracts of employees working in the maritime arena. Today’s Hamburg Lecture on Maritime Affairs shall shed some light on this legal issue. The lecture, therefore, will first draw attention to the general legal framework for determination of the law applicable to individual employment contracts (II.).


European Union Employment Contract Crew Member Exclusive Economic Zone Contractual Obligation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Wurmnest
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  1. 1.Institute for International LawLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany

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