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Maritime Law

Definition - What does Maritime Law mean?

The term "maritime law" refers to international treaties and agreements that govern activities or rules at open sea or any part of the sea that is navigable. Maritime law falls in the jurisdiction of federal courts. Maritime law is also known as the "law of admiralty" or "admiralty law."

Justipedia explains Maritime Law

Under maritime law, the ship carrying the flag of the country determines its source. For instance, if a U.S. ship is in the Persian Gulf with the U.S. flag, then it would be under the U.S. law of admiralty and have to follow all the relevant treaties and agreements.

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