Victims of Maritime Conflict, Compensation Claims and the Role of the Admiralty Court in the Early Modern Period

Shavana Musa

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Abstract

Victims of war have existed since time immemorial and in the same vein, so have certain mechanisms for the redress of their injuries. Admiralty courts in early modern Europe are historical platforms in which certain groups of victims of maritime conflict could seek compensation under an international prize jurisdiction, as per the law of nations. This article will briefly introduce the reader to the way in which European countries applied their prize jurisdiction. It will then focus on compensation cases during the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the seventeenth century to show how admiralties implemented the right to compensation during these conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalComparative Legal History
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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