Ship Arrest in Greece

Law and Procedure

By Kostas Spaidiotis



Greece has acceded to the International Convention relating to the Arrest of Sea-Going Ships signed at Brussels in 1952 (henceforth “the Brussels Convention or the Convention”) but it has not implemented so far the newer Convention on Arrest of Ships of 1999, which notably, as compared to the former, has been ratified by only few countries up to date. Since in most cases of ships’ arrest, there will be connections to more than one jurisdictions that will necessitate the application of the said Convention (i.e. the one of 1952), the basic provisions of the same are briefly discussed below.

The notion of arrest

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By Bettina Richter



Acquisition of ownership

The rights on real property may differ in extent and kind (full ownership, usufruct, bare property etc.). This outline is restricted to offering information about the transfer of full ownership either absolute or joint.

The basic way to acquire ownership of real property is through a contract between the owner and the acquirer that for a lawful cause (e.g. sale, gift) the ownership is transferred to the acquirer. The contract is necessarily vested the form of a notarial deed and needs to be registered in the competent Land Registry, failing which there is no legal transfer of title.

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Greek labour law in a nutshell

By Kostas Spaidiotis


Greek labor law is quite intricate and extensive, as it is based on a broad variety of sources, including national and international laws, Collective Labour Agreements, working practices and customs, law precedents and individual contracts. Moreover, a lot of controversial changes have been enacted lately as a consequence of the increased pressure upon Greece for reforms. A synopsis of such law is set forth below with a purpose to offering a very short and elementary introduction. The information below refers generally to dependent employment relationships, taking note however that special rules may apply to certain types of dependent work (e.g. sailors).

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Aspects of the marine-labour accident in Greece

By Kostas Spaidiotis


It is a sad truth that human activity will always involve failures and accidents. Shipping is not an exception, no matter how strict safety measures are implemented from time to time. This article combines a very short introduction to the marine-labour accident under Greek law with an attempt to clarify, as possible within the scope of a short introduction, few issues that cause confusion.

The marine-labour accident

The law defines as a labour accident any such that the employee has suffered by a violent event in the course of offering his services. The same definition applies to marine-labour accident with the further qualification that the services are offered by a seaman on a ship. The said definition however is too narrow to encompass all the cases that fall under the term. In a more appropriate definition, as marine-labour accident should be considered any death, injury or disease that is caused by or is otherwise connected with the work of a seaman on a ship.

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