Autonomous vessels as ships – the definition conundrum

Suri, Mayank (2020) Autonomous vessels as ships – the definition conundrum. In: The 3rd International Conference on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ship, 11/11/2020, Ulsan,Korea.

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The development of unmanned and autonomous vessels has accelerated, resulting in the requirement to study the law surrounding shipping. This article studies recent literature and case laws to determine the various interpretations of the word ‘ship’. It, thereafter, seeks to determine which of these will have a bearing on autonomous vessels and whether the foreseeable technological incorporation is a challenge. Primarily, the focus is on showcasing that definitions across jurisdictions vary. The author points out that in the domain of private international law, this will result in disputes regarding applicability of admiralty laws.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Shipping | Private international law | Admiralty laws
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2021 05:00
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 03:53
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Additional Information: The author would like to recognise the contribution of The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, Swansea University, specifically Professor Baris Soyer & Professor Simon Baughen who have been instrumental in creating a pedagogy of maritime law that addresses future issues. This paper acknowledges the work of three authors who have written on the subject: Professor Dr Eric Van Hooydonk, Robert Veal & Michael Tsimplis. Their works have formed the basis of the literature review in this paper. The author would like to thank Ms. Tanvi Kulkarni, LLM, Southampton University for her assistance in research.


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