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Liability for marine pollution by ships Young, Charles A.


One aspect of the international problem of marine pollution is pollution by ships. As an international problem, pollution by ships demands action at a level above the national. Many international agreements have been reached, but this thesis argues that a comprehensive liability regime is now necessary. To find the principles upon which such a liability regime should be based, decisions of international tribunals, acts of state practice, and existing conventional arrangements are canvassed. "Reasonableness" is found to be the central characteristic, and is given more specific meaning through the survey. A convention is proposed in general outline only, but a regional framework is suggested, and principles on which to base the convention are summarized.

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