The Liberalization of Maritime Transport Services

With Special Reference to the WTO/GATS Framework

  • Benjamin Parameswaran

Part of the Hamburg Studies on Maritime Affairs book series (HAMBURG, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Benjamin Parameswaran
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  3. Benjamin Parameswaran
    Pages 5-40
  4. Benjamin Parameswaran
    Pages 41-69
  5. Benjamin Parameswaran
    Pages 367-372
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 373-427

About this book


Despite multiple efforts on the bilateral, regional and multilateral level to create uniform or at least harmonized rules for commercial operations and practices in the maritime transport sector and to liberalize maritime transport services by tearing down the barriers that exist in that sector, there is until today no global regime regulating (or rather deregulating) the supply of maritime transport services and ensuring open markets. In this situation, private economic actors are confronted with substantial legal uncertainty.

This book provides a detailed analysis of the history of maritime transport services in the Uruguay and post-Uruguay Round negotiations and the role of the sector in the ongoing Doha Round talks, where Member States have the opportunity to work towards a global regime ensuring the progressive liberalization of the sector. The reader will be confronted with an extensive overview of the role of  maritime transport services in the WTO/GATS framework, a topic basically uncovered in the literature so far.


GATS WTO World Trade Organization international law maritime transport services organization shipping

Authors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Parameswaran
    • 1
  1. 1.International Max Planck Research School(IMPRS) for Maritime Affairs at the University of Hamburg c/o Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales PrivatrechtHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin · Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-22240-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-17105-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1614-2462
  • Series Online ISSN 1867-9587
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