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Comité Maritime International

Comité Maritime International
TypeNon-governmental organization
HeadquartersErnest van Dijckkaai 8, B-2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Ann Fenech

The Comité Maritime International (CMI) is an international maritime law organization. Formed in 1897 in Antwerp, the CMI aims to unify maritime law internationally.[1][2] It is the first and oldest operating international organization dedicated to maritime law[3] and the second most important maritime organization after the IMO.[4]


The first Maritime Law Association was formed in Belgium in 1896. This early organization aimed to work towards the unification of maritime law from the outset. In 1897, the CMI was formed by creating a supranational organization uniting the first two maritime law associations.[5]

In 2022 Ann Fenech of Malta was elected president, making her the first female president of the CMI.[6][7]


The CMI consists of national member organizations (such as the Maritime Law Association of the United States) that represent their country of origin; these national organizations work to harmonize maritime law.[4]


  1. ^ Schultsz, J. C. (December 1972). "The Comite Maritime International, some informative notes". Netherlands Yearbook of International Law. 3: 142–147. doi:10.1017/S0167676800004268. ISSN 1574-0951.
  2. ^ Gordon, Paulsen (1983). "An Historical Overview of the Development of Uniformity in International Maritime Law". Tulane Law Review. 57 (5).
  3. ^ Berger, Klaus Peter. "History & Modern Evolution of Transnational Commercial Law". (in German). Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  4. ^ a b Kravets, Erik (2017-04-24). "Comite Maritime International: How does it work?". Maritime Executive. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  5. ^ Berlingieri, Francesco (1983). "The Work of the Comitè Maritime International: Past, Present, and Future". Tulane Law Review. 57 (5).
  6. ^ "Ann Fenech elected President of the Comite Maritime International". The Malta Independent. 2022-10-23. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
  7. ^ "IMO Secretary-General receives new President of the Comité Maritime International". International Maritime Organization. 2022-12-09. Retrieved 2024-04-08.
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