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The Sam Hawk: Another ‘Halcyon Isle’ in Australia?


Obi, I and Sooksripaisarnkit, P, The Sam Hawk: Another Halcyon Isle' in Australia?, Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal, 33, (2) pp. 1-11. ISSN 1834-0881 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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The Halcyon Isle remains a landmark case in Admiralty and maritime practice, dividing courts in maritime nations on the choice of law rule to apply when the issue relates to foreign maritime lien recognition and enforcement. The Sam Hawk displayed to a large extent, similar reasoning and nuances akin to the reasoning in the Halcyon Isle. This paper reviews both decisions on a spectrum that spans private international law and local maritime policy and concludes that the problem of foreign maritime lien recognition and enforcement is not a substance and procedure problem but stems from the forum court’s pursuit of other considerations, including policy objectives. Courts no longer need to hide under the façade of the substance/procedure dichotomy to apply the lex fori to determine foreign maritime lien claims. The paper highlights some pertinent issues raised in The Sam Hawk, which contributes to the jurisprudence of maritime lien in private international law.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:maritime liens, foreign maritime liens, conflict of laws
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Conflict of laws (incl. private international law)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Obi, I (Mrs Ifeoma Obi)
UTAS Author:Sooksripaisarnkit, P (Dr Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit)
ID Code:136311
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2019-12-13
Last Modified:2020-04-30

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