Revisiting Freedom of Contract in the Contract of Carriage of Goods by Sea under the Rotterdam Rules: Service Contracts in Disguise?

Authors

  • Awwal Ilyas Magashi International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Abdulrashid Lawan Haruna International Islamic University Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v24i1.229

Keywords:

volume contract, liner conference, party autonomy, mandatory rules

Abstract

The historiography of international legal regimes regulating freedom of parties to the contract of carriage of goods by sea is replete with uncertainties and enmeshed in disarray thereby deflecting the much desired effort to have a uniform and acceptable convention. This article examines the issue starting from the era of unfettered “one sided” freedom of “leave it or take it syndrome” down to the regulated hegemony under the Hague/Hague-Visby, as well as Hamburg Rules. This raises the question: to what extent should the freedom of parties be regulated under the proposed Rotterdam Rules? In an attempt to answer this question, the article apprises the antecedents of parties’ freedom under the existing anachronistic regimes in juxtaposition with the practice under the Rotterdam Rules with a view to promoting development of global commerce. The article further observes that the mechanism provided under the canopy of “volume contract” suggests a better package but with its attendant consequences. The article suggests the need for a holistic approach towards ratification of the Rotterdam Rules albeit, subject to some certain amendments with a view of eschewing the egocentric syndrome that pervaded the success of the Hamburg Rules by the major maritime players.

Author Biographies

Awwal Ilyas Magashi, International Islamic University Malaysia

Ph.D Candidate , Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia

Abdulrashid Lawan Haruna, International Islamic University Malaysia

Ph.D Candidate , Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia

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Published

2016-06-23

How to Cite

Magashi, A. I., & Haruna, A. L. (2016). Revisiting Freedom of Contract in the Contract of Carriage of Goods by Sea under the Rotterdam Rules: Service Contracts in Disguise?. IIUM Law Journal, 24(1). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v24i1.229