Seafarers’ rights is a complex area of law. At any one time, a number of different States may have some kind of interest in a particular ship, and the seafarers that work on that ship. Seafarers’ rights span international and national laws, and they cross law disciplines such as maritime, labour, human rights, criminal and environmental law. There can be conflicts of laws and there are unique challenges in the enforcement of laws for seafarers in what is a highly deregulated industry where there is functional separation of ownership, operation and regulation.
SRI is engaged in a series of projects which aim to shine a light on some of the more complex areas of the law as it concerns seafarers. Information on these projects can be found below.