Limitations on Jurisdiction and Arbitration Agreements Based on Applicable Law and the Identity of the Carrier in Cargo Claim Disputes: Who and Where to Sue

Jonatan Echebarria Fernández

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The article demonstrates through an analysis of the limitations on choice of forum or arbitration agreements following the invalidity of a choice of law clause included in a charter party and/or a bill of lading (B/L). It is equally difficult enforcing a jurisdiction or arbitration clause included in a B/L if the parties are not clearly defined in the contract for the carrige of goods by sea. The article delivers some conclusions and suggests the approach to be taken by maritime contracting parties to overcome any feasible invalidity of a choice of forum or arbitration agreement based on the choice of law by European Member (EU) States’ courts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCuadernos Derecho Transnacional
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)306-321
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Jurisdiction and arbitration agreements
  • Choice of law clauses
  • Contracts for the carriage of goods by sea
  • Charter party
  • Bill of lading
  • Anti-suit injunctions
  • Actions in contract
  • Actions in tort
  • Actions in bailment
  • Demise Clause
  • Identity of the Carrier Clause

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