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A thousand and forty nine (1,049) page book christened “The Admiral” – A Compendium, which chronicles creation of awareness for the bench and the bar in the area of maritime law and to ensure a deeper appreciation of this specialized field has been launched at well attended ceremony at the premises of the Ghana Shippers Authority in Accra.
The book is also meant to keep Ghanaian judges abreast with new developments in the dynamic field of maritime law. It was launched by Her Ladyship, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, the outgoing Chief Justice of Ghana.
The compendium, she said, is a collective effort by all stakeholders when it comes to maritime law, stressing that the book would build the judicial muscle and capacity of Ghanaian judges.
Dr. Kofi Mbiah, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Shippers Authority speaking at the launch said for good order, easy comprehension and research, the compendium has been arranged under specific topics.
The compendium, he said, has been divided into nine parts with 38 chapters and covers topics such as admiralty jurisdiction and practice, the carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance and oil and gas law. Other topics in the compendium according to Dr. Mbiah are aspects of public international law, the sale and purchase of ships and maritime boundary delimitation.
He said while these topics do not by any stretch of the imagination cover all aspects of maritime law, they nevertheless touch on key topics of relevance essential for the development of Ghana’s maritime law jurisprudence.
Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister for Transport in his delivery said “The Admiral”-A compendium is the result of 10 years of maritime law presentations from erudite maritime lawyers selected from home and abroad. The compendium, he adds is a compilation of papers delivered by these experts in various subject areas of maritime law.
The compendium, he explained is a massive contribution made to the development of maritime law in the country.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa