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CHAPTER 29 The Netherlands

Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims

29 The Netherlands Taco Van Der Valk 1 AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen, PO Box 4302, 3006 AH, Admiraliteitskade 50, 3063 ED Rotterdam Introduction The Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, London 19 November 1976 (“the Convention”), and its enactment in Dutch statute law 2 have been operative in the Netherlands as from 1 September 1990, with simultaneous denunciation of the 1957 Brussels Convention. In 1992, the Dutch Court of Cassation (the Hoge Raad ) ruled that the regime of the 1976 Convention applies to causes of action arising after the date of its entry into force. 3

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