Conventions on Commercial Maritime Law

A number of international conventions in the field of maritime transport were prepared or adopted under the auspices of UNCTAD.

The Conventions

International Convention on Arrest of Ships, 1999

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicRussianChinese

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages)

Status information: EnglishFrench 

See also:

Reports and Documents on 'Admiralty Law and Marine Insurance'.


International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, 1993

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicRussianChinese

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages)

Status information: EnglishFrench

See also:

Reports and Documents on 'Admiralty Law and Marine Insurance'.


United Nations Convention on Conditions for

Registration of Ships, 1986

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicRussianChinese

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages)

Status information: EnglishFrench


United Nations Convention on International

Multimodal Transport of Goods, 1980

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicRussian | Chinese

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages)

Status information: EnglishFrench

See also:

Reports and Documents on 'Carriage of Goods and International Trade Law'.


United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods

by Sea (Hamburg Rules), 1978

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabicRussianChinese

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages)

Status information: EnglishFrench

See also:

Reports and Documents on 'Carriage of Goods and International Trade Law'.


United Nations Convention on a Code of Conduct

for Liner Conferences, 1974
 

Official text: EnglishFrenchSpanishArabic | Russian | Chinese 

Certified True Copy (all official UN languages, except Arabic)

Status information: EnglishFrench

See also: Guidelines towards the application of the Convention on a Code of Conduct for Liner Conferences.


Links to the Certified True Copies of the above Conventions and their status information will redirect to the United Nations Treaty Series Database, http://treaties.un.org/.

Status of conventions

The following table provides information on the status of ratification of each of those conventions as at 30 September 2021.

Title of convention

Date of entry into force or conditions for entry into force

Contracting States

Convention on a Code of Conduct for Liner Conferences, 1974

6 October 1983

Algeria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Zambia

(76)

United Nations Convention on the Carriage of Goods by Sea, 1978

1 November 1992

Albania, Austria, Barbados, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Guinea, Hungary, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

(35)

International Convention on Maritime Liens and Mortgages, 1993

5 September 2004

Albania, Benin, Congo, Ecuador, Estonia, Honduras, Lithuania, Monaco, Nigeria, Peru, Russian Federation, Spain, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Ukraine, Vanuatu

(19)

United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods, 1980

Not yet in force – requires 30 contracting parties

Burundi, Chile, Georgia, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, Zambia

(11)

United Nations Convention on Conditions for Registration of Ships, 1986

Not yet in force – requires 40 Contracting Parties, representing at least
25 per cent of the world’s tonnage as per annex III to the Convention

Albania, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Hungary, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Syrian Arab Republic

(15)

International Convention on Arrest of Ships, 1999

14 September 2011

Albania, Algeria, Benin, Bulgaria, Congo, Ecuador, Estonia, Latvia, Liberia, Spain, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey

(12)

Note: For additional information, see UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch, Policy and Legislation Section, at https://unctad.org/ttl/legal. For official status information, see the United Nations Treaty Collection, available at https://treaties.un.org.