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Montreal Convention

Montreal Convention

Edited by Elmar Giemulla, Ronald Schmid, Wolf Muller-Rostin, Regula Dettling-Ott, Rod Margo
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The Montreal Convention on the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air went into force in November 2003. For its signatories - which include most European countries, the European Community itself, and the United States of America - the new Convention replaces the Warsaw Convention and its various protocols and related treaties.

Like its widely used predecessor, the Montreal Convention commentary provides article-by-article annotation and is updated regularly to keep pace with developments in the complex system of liability encompassed by the Convention. The commentary covers ongoing developments in such crucial aspects as the following:

  • principles for determining applicable law;
  • applicability of national law;
  • the electronic documents for carriage;
  • liability for passenger's injuries and death;
  • liability baggage and cargo damages and delay;
  • limited liability versus unlimited liability;
  • relationship between contractual and actual carrier; and
  • insurance issues.

The content of the Montreal Convention commentary and its updates will be drawn from every relevant source, including relevant case law, the legal literature of air law, and national and international legislation and administrative law. In addition to the article-by-article annotation, the user will find useful information such as a synopsis comparing the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, IATA Conditions and Resolutions, relevant EU Regulations, and a list of the contracting parties to the Convention.

A subscription to the Montreal Convention commentary provides an indispensable research tool and an enormous wealth of information for anyone who deals with legal issues arising from civil air law, including courts, airline managers, air cargo operators, freight forwarders, legal counsel, law firms, officials involved in drafting policy wordings, and professionals involved in the insurance aspects of claims such as adjusters and underwriters.

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Update Frequency Continuous
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9888002170
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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations.
Montreal Convention 1999 - Full Text.
Commentary of the Montreal Convention 1999.


I. General provisions. Article 1- 2.
II. Documentation and duties of the parties relating to the carriage of passengers, bagage and cargo. Articles 3 -16.
III. Liability of the carrier and extent of compensation for damage. Articles 17-37.
IV. Combined carriage. Article 38.
V. Carriage by air performed by a person other than the contracting carrier. Articles 39-48.
VI Other provisions. Articles 49-52.
VII. Final clauses. Articles 53-57.


Annex I
I-1 Synopsys MC/WC/WCHP.
I-2 Contracting Parties to the Montreal Convention 1999.

Annex II
II-1 (reserved for IATA General Conditions of Carriage /Passenger und Baggage/)
II-2 (reserved for IATA Conditions of Carriage of Cargo)

II-3 General Conditions of Carriage Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
II-4 General Condition for Cargo of the Lufthansa Cargo AG.
II-5 IATA-Resolution 507B.
II-6 Regulation (EC) No. 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators.
II-7 Council Regulation (EC) No. 20227/97 of 9 October 1997 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air as amended by Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 May 2002 amending Council Regulation (EC) No. 2027/97 on air carrier liability in the event of accidents.

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