Blog: Maritime Law
- What Is the Law of the Sea?
July 13, 2022Read More
While private activities on the ocean or navigable waters are governed by national and international maritime law, the relationships between countries when it comes to the use of the oceans is governed by a separate area of law called the Law of the Sea. Although the Law of the Sea is a body of public […]
- How Is Maritime Law Different from Personal Injury Law?
July 11, 2022Read More
If you are injured in an accident on the water or on a vessel, you may decide to pursue a personal injury claim against the party or parties whose negligence caused the accident. However, most injury cases that arise on a vessel or on the water are governed by maritime law rather than a state’s […]
- Does Maritime Law Apply to Lakes and Rivers?
July 09, 2022Read More
When you are involved in an accident or an incident on a lake or a river, you may not even consider that a special body of federal law will govern any claims you have arising from that accident or incident. Although lakes and rivers seem like the domain of state law, under certain circumstances these […]
- Does Maritime Law Apply on Land?
July 07, 2022Read More
When an accident or other incident that leads to injuries or property damage occurs on the open water, you may know that maritime law likely applies to claims that an injured party may have. But you may be surprised to learn that maritime law may also apply to certain accidents and incidents on land. The […]
- Can I File Suit Against a Sea Vessel?
July 05, 2022Read More
If you were hurt in an accident involving a sea vessel that was caused by the negligence of the vessel’s owner or operator, you normally might file a lawsuit against the owner/operator to recover compensation. However, various circumstances might make it infeasible to file suit against the person or entity that owns or operates the […]
- A History of Maritime Law in the United States
July 03, 2022Read More
Maritime law in the United States stretches throughout the entire history of the country, all the way to the founding of the first colonies. As the North American colonies were established to trade resources back to England, France, and Spain, shipping and the maritime industry were a critical part of the development of the U.S. […]
- A Guide to the 4 Pillars of Maritime Law
June 26, 2022Read More
Maritime law is both national and international in nature. While almost every country with access to navigable waters will have their own maritime laws, countries have come together to establish international treaties to help provide some basic standards of maritime law. Having international maritime laws facilitates a global economy by enabling safe, efficient shipping all […]
- A Guide to Maritime Law Enforcement in the US
June 24, 2022Read More
While maritime law often deals with civil matters between private parties, it also includes laws and regulations that parties who operate on navigable waters are expected to follow or otherwise be subject to criminal penalties, such as fines, asset forfeiture, or even prison time. You may have many questions about how maritime law enforcement in […]