Argument (#1-2 January-February 2021)

Shipowner’s Liability Towards Seafarers: Bioethical Issues

by Oleksandra Fedko

Maritime and Medical law can rarely be mentioned as branches of law in a single sentence. In fact, they rarely share the subject to regulation. So where is their meeting point? The pandemic was peculiar in many aspects last year. We shall focus only on one of them: the COVID-19 crisis attracted an unprecedented amount of attention to the driving force of the entire maritime shipping industry — seafarers. By the end of 2020 the common struggle of the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping, the International Transport Workers’ Federation was crowned by the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on International cooperation to address challenges faced by seafarers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to support global supply chains, adopted on 1 December 2020.

Oleksandra Fedko attorney-at-law, is an individual practitioner

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