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Electronic Transport Records under the Rotterdam Rules

Hafsteinsson, Guðmundur Ómar LU (2012) JASM01 20121
Department of Law
Abstract (Swedish)
This thesis discusses the provisions of the Rotterdam Rules on electronic transport records. Among the issues addressed are the current law on bills of lading and attempts at establishing systems issuing electronic bills of lading. The theses then goes on to discuss and analyse the provisions on electronic transport records in detail, their history and objective, along with related provisions on the right of control, transfer of rights and delivery of goods.

In the analytical sections of the thesis, possible systems issuing electronic transport records are discussed and the framework provided for such systems in the convention. Finally, the thesis offers a critical evaluation of the scheme adopted in the Rotterdam Rules for the issuance... (More)
This thesis discusses the provisions of the Rotterdam Rules on electronic transport records. Among the issues addressed are the current law on bills of lading and attempts at establishing systems issuing electronic bills of lading. The theses then goes on to discuss and analyse the provisions on electronic transport records in detail, their history and objective, along with related provisions on the right of control, transfer of rights and delivery of goods.

In the analytical sections of the thesis, possible systems issuing electronic transport records are discussed and the framework provided for such systems in the convention. Finally, the thesis offers a critical evaluation of the scheme adopted in the Rotterdam Rules for the issuance and use of electronic transport records.

The Rotterdam Rules provisions on electronic transport records provide preconditions or minimum standards that systems issuing and controlling electronic transport records must fulfil. The provisions, along with provisions on the right of control, transfer of rights and delivery of goods, offer a legal framework for the use of electronic record, which is the functional equivalent of the bill of lading and can perform all its basic functions.

The conclusions of the thesis are that the Rotterdam Rules provide a functional framework for the use of electronic commerce in shipping documentation and are likely to achieve the objectives of the convention to facilitate trade and increase efficiency. It can also be concluded, that electronic commerce can have a positive effect on the shipping industry and save considerable costs in shipping documentation and related expenses. Finally, as to speculations on the future of the provisions, the future is reliant on numerous other aspects of the convention, such as much debated liability issues. Therefore, although the reception of the shipping industry has been positive, a degree of uncertainty currently exists as to when or whether the conventions will enter into force. (Less)
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author
Hafsteinsson, Guðmundur Ómar LU
supervisor
organization
course
JASM01 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Carriage of goods by sea, bills of lading, Rotterdam Rules, electronic commerce.
language
English
id
2732557
date added to LUP
2012-10-15 12:28:47
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2012-10-15 12:28:47
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  abstract     = {This thesis discusses the provisions of the Rotterdam Rules on electronic transport records. Among the issues addressed are the current law on bills of lading and attempts at establishing systems issuing electronic bills of lading. The theses then goes on to discuss and analyse the provisions on electronic transport records in detail, their history and objective, along with related provisions on the right of control, transfer of rights and delivery of goods.

In the analytical sections of the thesis, possible systems issuing electronic transport records are discussed and the framework provided for such systems in the convention. Finally, the thesis offers a critical evaluation of the scheme adopted in the Rotterdam Rules for the issuance and use of electronic transport records.

The Rotterdam Rules provisions on electronic transport records provide preconditions or minimum standards that systems issuing and controlling electronic transport records must fulfil. The provisions, along with provisions on the right of control, transfer of rights and delivery of goods, offer a legal framework for the use of electronic record, which is the functional equivalent of the bill of lading and can perform all its basic functions. 

The conclusions of the thesis are that the Rotterdam Rules provide a functional framework for the use of electronic commerce in shipping documentation and are likely to achieve the objectives of the convention to facilitate trade and increase efficiency. It can also be concluded, that electronic commerce can have a positive effect on the shipping industry and save considerable costs in shipping documentation and related expenses. Finally, as to speculations on the future of the provisions, the future is reliant on numerous other aspects of the convention, such as much debated liability issues. Therefore, although the reception of the shipping industry has been positive, a degree of uncertainty currently exists as to when or whether the conventions will enter into force.},
  author       = {Hafsteinsson, Guðmundur Ómar},
  keyword      = {Carriage of goods by sea,bills of lading,Rotterdam Rules,electronic commerce.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Electronic Transport Records under the Rotterdam Rules},
  year         = {2012},
}