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The law ends where the port area begins– On the anomalies of port law

Inaugural lecture at the launch of Portius - International and EU port law centre

Portius is the world's first institution to specialise in the study of international and EU law on maritime and inland ports. Port law is essential to the functioning of ports, traditional gateways to global trade. In a fascinating way, port law combines port-related aspects of maritime and transport law, international law of the sea, public law, economic law, labour law, environmental law and various other branches of the law.

In this inaugural lecture, Portius chairman Eric Van Hooydonk illustrates the rich tradition and highly dynamic nature of port law and argues that it is integral to maritime law. He also highlights its numerous deviations from the general law and the preference of ports not to be subject to legal regulation.

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