Admiralty Law

Definition - What does Admiralty Law mean?

Admiralty law or maritime law is a unique body of law that controls maritime issues and crimes.

Even though each legal authority typically has its own enacted laws regulating maritime-related issues, admiralty law is represented by an important number of international laws developed in the last decades, including several multilateral treaties.

Justipedia explains Admiralty Law

Admiralty law is different to the Law of the Sea, which is a body of public international law related to navigational rights, mineral rights, authority over coast waters and international law regulating associations between countries.

Admiralty law became part of U.S. law, as it was progressively introduced through admiralty circumstances that arose following the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1789.

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