The Rotterdam Rules

On 11 December 2008 The UN General Assembly adopted the "Convention of Contracts for the International Carrying of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea" during a signing ceremony for the Convention which was held in Rotterdam, recommending the new Convention to be known as the "Rotterdam Rules".

The Convention extends and modernizes the existing international rules relating to contract of maritime carriage of goods. The aim is that the Convention will replace The Hague rules, The Hague-Visby rules and the Hamburg rules and that it will achieve uniformity of law in the field of maritime carriage.


This website aims to be a platform for sharing information on the Rotterdam Rules and to monitor the process of ratification. 

Therefore, should you have any news on or know about publications on the Rotterdam Rules, please do not hesitate to contact us.





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Press & Publications


 The Dutch government recently informed Dutch Parliament that it will soon start tot prepare the necessary bills to ratify the Rotterdam Rules.


Recently the Comité Maritime International published an analysis by Prof. Berlingieri of two commentaries on the Rotterdam Rules, both published in 2010, The Rotterdam Rules 2008, edited by Dr.  Von Ziegler, Prof.