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The Romance of the Admiralty jurisdiction in the Common Law

A distinct Admiralty jurisdiction embracing shipping and related matters is a peculiarity of the common law which has its roots deep in the history of England. Its major creative influences included Roman law and the civilian tradition, with its historical development running in parallel with the ecclesiastic courts.

The development challenges the notion that the common law and civil law are wholly distinct and independent traditions. The modern-day Admiralty Court, located in the High Court in London, continues to reflect these distinct historical influences in matters of substantive jurisdiction and procedure, and also stands apart from all other common law courts in having a jurisdiction in rem, founded on service of process on property, by contrast to jurisdiction in personam.


D. Rhidian Thomas

D. Rhidian Thomas is an authority in the field of maritime insurance law. His research in the field is extensive and has resulted in a large number of articles and books. He is Professor Emeritus in Maritime Law from the School of Law at Swansea University, UK. Between 2000 and 2010 he was Director of the Institute of Shipping and Trade Law. He has been teaching and is still teaching at a large number of universities around the world, including among others the National University of Singapore, the University of Windsor, Canada and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. Since 2012 he has been associated with the research group in maritime law at the Department of Law and has contributed to the fact that the maritime law disciplines are today at a very high level in an international perspective.

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