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To Basel or Not to Basel: Holding Ship Owners Liable Under Current International Law for Harm Caused by Expsure to Asbestos During Ship Recycling

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posted on 2020-04-15, 04:04 authored by LAURA-LEIGH DENISON CAMERON-DOW
This thesis examines whether shipowners can be held liable under current international law for harm caused by exposure to asbestos during ship recycling. After analysing three possible international conventions, this thesis concludes that it is legally possible to successfully enable attribution of liability to ship owners under the Basel Convention. It provides a justification for attributing liability, provides a generally applicable international law definition of the term ‘ship’, provides methods to identify when a ship becomes waste in any given scenario, and demonstrates how the State of Export can be identified when enforcing the Basel Convention.


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Principal supervisor

Gerry Nagtzaam

Additional supervisor 1

Douglas Guilfoyle

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Law