International regulation of liability for multimodal transport : — In search of uniformity

The establishment of a widely acceptable uniform international legal framework for multimodal transport has proven to be extremely difficult. In spite of attempts by various international organizations, following the advent of container revolution, there is still no uniform international legal regime in force to govern liability for loss, damage or delay arising from multimodal transportation. In 2002 the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) embarked on the elaboration of a draft instrument to cover contracts for the international carriage of goods. The Draft Instrument, which had been prepared to govern sea transport, is proposed also to cover multimodal transport involving a sea leg.This paper provides a brief overview over the past international attempts and possible reasons for their failure. It also provides an account of the on-going developments within UNCITRAL with a view to establishing whether the Draft is likely to succeed in achieving the objective of uniformity in the field of multimodal transport law or that it will simply result in yet another convention contributing to further disunification.


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  • Accession Number: 01609103
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2016 9:18AM