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The sea laws of Oleron, first codified in the middle of the thirteenth century, for example, postdated man's dependence on the areas beyond the littorals by hundreds of years.
It is founded on the practices of merchants, the principles of Civil Law, approved compilations of maritime rights and usages, such as the Laws of Oleron and Wisbury, the writings of eminent jurisconsults, and the adjudications of the Admiralty Courts of different countries.
He often cited historical precedent in Roman law and the Laws of Oleron.
To substantiate his conclusion that a vessel may be an in rem defendant for the purpose of enforcing a maritime lien, (20) he would refer to the time before "the Elizabethan era," (21) and to support his conclusion that a compulsory pilot should be classified as a seaman for Jones Act purposes, (22) he would refer to Roman law and the Laws of Oleron.
181) Throughout his text, Abbott regularly made reference to the Laws of Oleron, (182) the Laws of Wisbuy, (183) the Laws of the Hanse Towns, (184) and the 1681 Ordonnance de la Marine du Mois d'Aoust of Louis XIV.
The Laws of Oleron have had a pronounced influence on the early development of English maritime law principles and, accordingly, on principles that are encompassed in Canadian maritime law.
195) This book consisted of several parts, including one containing "the famous laws of Oleron in extenso.
I refer to the Consolato del Mare, the Laws of Oleron, the Ordonnances of Wisbuy, the Siete Partidas, the Black Book of the Admiralty, the Jugemens de Damme, and others of the same period.
148) Tracing the roots back to the European Laws of Oleron and the American Judiciary Act of 1789, (149) Judge Brown paints a vivid picture of the pilot as an important element of the continuing vitality of maritime commerce.
It was sometimes written down, for example in the twelfth-century Laws of Oleron, commonly used by Atlantic traders, and in the Catalan Consolat de mar (Consulate of the Sea), a maritime law code first published in the fourteenth century but in use much earlier and widely followed throughout Mediterranean Europe.
Earlier, Jesus Evaristo Casariego argued that the Partidas reveal the influence of the twelfth-century French compilation of maritime customary law, the Laws of Oleron.
This is true even if the Laws of Oleron had no direct influence.