The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

A Legal Primer to an Emerging International Regime

The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2006, is the fourth pillar of the international maritime regulatory regime. It both fills a gap in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and complements the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) core conventions on ship safety, & security, training and pollution prevention.

Aimed at achieving both “decent work” for seafarers and fair competition for shipowners, the MLC, 2006 covers most aspects of maritime labour. It establishes an effective enforcement and compliance system with, for the first time, certification of seafarers’ working and living conditions on ships. With its interwoven labour and social rights and economic goals, the MLC, 2006 is an international legal instrument that will have a significant impact on approaches to labour standards in other globalized sectors.

Co-authored by international law practitioners and scholars with combined expertise in the public international law of the sea, maritime law, international labour law, and, more specifically, direct involvement with the development of the MLC, 2006 over nearly a decade, The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006: A Legal Primer to an Emerging International Regime discusses the MLC, 2006 within the contexts of labour and maritime law. It also includes an appendix with the full Convention text (and notes).

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Biographical Note

Dr. Moira L. McConnell is Professor of Law and Associate at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University. She was an advisor to the ILO concerning the development and implementation of the MLC, 2006. She is an editor of the Ocean Yearbook and has published extensively on international law of the sea, maritime law, law reform, and regulatory system design.

Mr. Dominick Devlin is a former Legal Adviser to the International Labour Organization. He is currently Chair of the World Intellectual Property Organization, Appeal Board and has been a Special Advisor to the ILO in connection with the MLC, 2006 since 2001.

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia–Henry is the Director of the International Labour Standards Department of the ILO. She has been involved in the development of the MLC, 2006 since its beginning in 2001.

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
List of Figures

Part I
Chapter 1: Overview and Introduction to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Chapter 2: The Story of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Chapter 3: The Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as an Instrument of the International Labour Organization
Chapter 4: Overview of the ILO’s Supervisory System: More than 90 Years of Supervision

Part II
Chapter 5: Mapping the Terrain: Structure and Substance in the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Chapter 6: Principles and Rights – The Articles (and the Preamble)
Chapter 7: Title 1: Minimum Requirements for Seafarers to Work on a Ship
Chapter 8: Title 2: Conditions of Employment
Chapter 9: Title 3: Accommodation, Recreational Facilities, Food and Catering
Chapter 10: Title 4: Health Protection, Medical Care, Welfare and Social Security Protection
Chapter 11: Title 5: Compliance and Enforcement
Chapter 12: Conclusion and Reflections

Appendices
Appendix 1: Negotiation History Leading to the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Appendix 2: Annotated Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
Index

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