Chicago Journal of International Law


This Development aims to review the various difficulties particular to the seafaring profession and to consider whether the proposed Convention will successfully address these concerns. The Development outlines the framework of the Convention, discusses the Convention's inadequacies, and makes suggestions for improvement. While the Convention represents a serious advance over the current amalgamation of international laws regarding seafarer rights, it provides only a modest benefit to seafarers because its mandates are incomplete, largely discretionary, and potentially unenforceable. Ratification of the Convention is likely to discourage any further developments in seafarers' rights for the foreseeable future, so any problems that are not addressed now, such as availability of visas for shore leave and protection of the right to strike, are likely to remain significant problems for future generations.