Sea Passenger Rights and the implementation of the Athens Convention in the EU

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This paper showcases that the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea, 1974, as amended by the Protocol of 2002, can be successfully embedded into a broader passenger and/or consumer law framework. Key features of such implementation including relevant boundary issues are illustrated. The focus is placed firstly on the implementation of Athens 2002 by the European Union and secondly, the manifestation of such EU implementation within a Member State on the example of the United Kingdom. The latter was, at least at the time of writing, a Member State of the EU.

Lessons learned and understanding gained from the case study of the EU’s and its Member States’ implementation may guide countries in their assessment of and approaches to a possible implementation of Athens 2002 in the interest of harmonising sea passenger rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-58
Number of pages23
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2019
EventGlobal Shipping Law Forum 2018 - Carriage of Passengers by Sea: Legal Issues: Organised by the Marine and Shipping Law Unit at TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland - Marine and Shipping Law Unit, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 Jul 20184 Jul 2018
Conference number: III

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Maritime law
  • passengers by sea
  • cruise ships
  • cruise passengers
  • Athens Convention 1974
  • Athens Protocol 2002
  • Limitation of Liability
  • Global Limitation for Maritime Claims
  • EU Regulation on sea passenger rights
  • EU Athens Regulation
  • Warner v Scapa Flow Charters
  • South West SHA v Bay Island Voyages


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