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The Rotterdam Rules

Canada did not sign the Rotterdam Rules on September 23, 2009.

On September 15, 2009 Transport Canada announced that taking into account the diverse views among stakeholders on the Rotterdam Rules and the need to undertake further consultations on some of its provisions, particularly those related to domestic carriage of goods by water, Canada was therefore not in a position to sign the new Convention in Rotterdam on September 23, 2009. Please see Transport Canada Notice to Industry - The Rotterdam Rules for more details.


1. United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (The Rotterdam Rules) (A/RES/63/122), 2 February 2009.

For the text of the Convention in English, French and Spanish see Journal of Law and Economics Vol. XLIV No. 4 - 2009.

2. Francesco Berlingieri, Philippe Delebecque, Tomotaka Fujita, Rafael Illescas, Michael Sturley, Gertjan Van Der Ziel, Alexander Von Ziegler, Stefano Zunarelli, The Rotterdam Rules an Attempt to Clarify Certain Concerns that Have Emerged , 5 August, 2009.


3. Svante O. Johansson, A. Barry Oland, Kay Pysden, Jan Ramberg, Douglas G. Schmitt, William Tetley, A Response to the Attempt to Clarify Certain Concerns over the Rotterdam Rules Published 5 August 2009 , 1 September, 2009.


4. The following questions were submitted by the Canadian Delegation Spokesemen Barry Oland and Douglas Schmitt for consideration and answer by members of Panels speaking on the Convention on Contracts for International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea at the CMI (Comité Maritime International) Conference in Athens, Greece, 12-18 October, 2008: Questions for consideration at CMI Athens


5. D. Rhidian Thomas, Editorial Article of the Journal of International Maritime Law (JIML) " And Then There Were the Rotterdam Rules ," (2008) 14 JIML at pp. 189-190.


6. European Shippers’ Council Position Paper on the Draft Maritime Instrument of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (A/CN.9/WG.III/WP.81), April, 2007.


7. Position Paper of the Belgian Maritime Law Association – Regarding the UNCITRAL Draft Convention on the Carriage of goods Wholly or Partly by Sea signed by the President of the Belgian Maritime Law Association Guy van Doosselaere and the Chairman Ralph de Witt, Antwerp, 10 October, 2008.


8. William Tetley, Summary of Some General Criticisms of the UNCITRAL Convention , 5 November, 2008.


9. David Maloof, As the UN General Assembly Nears Adoption of a New Proposed Shipper Compensation Treaty, Should the United States Ratify It or Simply Amend Existing Law , received on 30 October, 2008.


10. Questions and Answers Why the MLA Needs An Open Debate Concerning the “Volume Contracts” Exception to the Proposed Rotterdam Rules. , sent by David Maloof before 5 November, 2008.


11. William Tetley, Some General Criticisms of the Rotterdam Rules , 20 December, 2008