The Article concerns law on maritime carriage of goods, and more
specifi-cally, incorporation of international standards into the new
Polish maritime code. The Author discusses stages of development of
those common standards, including the Hague-Visby rules (1924/1968),
Hamburg Rules (1978) and Rotterdam Rules (2009). The focus however is on
a unique feature of Polish domestic law, often referred to as hybrid
approach, due to its characteristic amalgamation of formulas originating
from different conventions.
The Author advocates for such hybrid approach and proposes an
introduction of a dedicated chapter on carriage of goods into the new
code. The proposal merges existing regulation, based on the Hague-Visby
model, with new solutions derived from the Hamburg Rules and, more
importantly, the Rotterdam Rules.
Particular emphasis is being put on a common but unregulated practice
regarding volume contracts. The Author argues for incorporation of
volume contract into the new code.
Finally, the article examines Rotterdam Rules’ provisions regarding
jurisdiction and arbitration