Property Rights, Airspace and Drones from an Irish perspective

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) estimated that as at 21 December 2015 there were circa 4,000-5,000 drones in use in Ireland[1].  Since then,  the Irish Aviation Authority Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order 2015[2] has made registration for drones over 1kg compulsory.  As of 29 June 2016 the IAA confirm there are 5,346 Small… Read More

Seabed Mining and the application of Maritime Law Concepts

Introduction Seabed mining (SBM) is an emerging industrial activity involving the recovery of mineral resources from the ocean floor. As a form of resource extraction or mining, SBM is a predominantly industrial activity. Yet, as one which occurs in the marine environment, SBM may also be characterized as a maritime activity. This hybrid character creates… Read More

Can the law adapt to driverless cars?

With technology advancing at an unrelenting rate, vehicles that were once confined to the sci-fi world are fast becoming a reality. Questions may then be asked as to whether the current legislation that governs this country adequately deals with the potential legal nuances that will inevitably develop once driverless cars are on the road. Over… Read More

Aviation Industry in Myanmar

While the initial rush of foreign investment into Myanmar tapered off in 2015, likely due to the November elections, 2016 is predicted to be a year of rapid growth.  The almost complete transition of power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (the “NLD”), formerly the opposition party, represents an impressive step towards… Read More

What Makes A Port Unsafe?

Charterparties often contain warranties and clauses that charterers will only order the vessel to safe berths, ports or anchorages. The charterer may agree to provide a safe haven for the vessel away from the dangers of extreme weather, war, ice and other dangers. Surprisingly, claims relating to unsafe berths are not uncommon, despite the fact… Read More

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