admiralty law

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admiralty law:

see maritime lawmaritime law,
system of law concerning navigation and overseas commerce. Because ships sail from nation to nation over seas no nation owns, nations need to seek agreement over customs related to shipping.
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at 988-89 (concluding that [u]niformity of process (beyond the rudimentary elements of procedural fairness) is assuredly not what the law of admiralty seeks to achieve" (parenthetical in original)).
It should be emphasized at the outset that, in the law of admiralty, (1) the term "jurisdiction" denotes both the power of a court to hear and dispose of a certain controversy, and also the power to prescribe rules of decision to be applied by those courts considering the controversy.
Block, The Law of Admiralty 480-662 (1957) for a classic treatment of this area of admiralty law.