Admiralty & Maritime Law: International Sources

Updated March 13, 2015.
Prepared by Ann Hemmens for Admiralty & Maritime Law A585, Professor Nancy Harriss; updated by Lori Fossum for Admiralty & Maritime Law A585, Winter 2010, Professor Craig Allen; by Paul Riermaier, law librarianship intern (2015)..

The sources below address international maritime law, including United Nations Conventions and Treaties relating to the law of the sea. See the Gallagher guide on Law of the Sea for more information.

See the U.S. Admiralty & Maritime Law: Research Basics guide for introductory resources. See these companion guides for more in-depth information on researching U.S. admiralty & maritime law:


Title Print HeinOnline Other UW Restricted
International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law Compact Stacks shelved by title HeinOnline Brill Online
Ocean Development and International Law Compact Stacks shelved by title Online access
International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook: Jurisdictional Review of International Maritime and Commercial Law K1150. A15I57 at Classified Stacks



New Directions in the Law of the Sea: Regional & National Developments.KZA1120. N492 1995 at Classified Stacks.

International Maritime Organization, Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 and 1996 Protocol (2d ed. 2003). K3588.31972 .A5 2003 at Reference Area

International Maritime Organization, COLREG: Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (4th ed. 2003). VK371.C66 2003 at Reference Area

The Law of the Sea: Official Texts of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1997). KZA1120.21982 .A2 1997 at Reference Area

  • Text of the UN Conventions also available through



Tufts University, Multilateral Treaties: Marine and Coastal

International Maritime Organization

"The International Maritime Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is responsible for measures to improve the safety and security of international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues and the facilitation of international maritime traffic. It was established by means of a Convention adopted under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva on 17 March 1948 and met for the first time in January 1959."

McGill Law School (Canada), Tetley’s Maritime and Admiralty Law (not recently updated)

United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea

Comite Maritime International (CMI)
A nongovernmental international organization working to unify maritime law.


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