On 23 May 1614, Hanseatic representatives meeting in Lübeck approved the text of a sea law, the last in a long line of maritime regulations and ordinances enacted by the Hanse. This chapter presents the written collections of sea law available in the Hanseatic towns and legal practice. This evidence is compared to findings from other parts of North(west)ern Europe and then suggested that there was no communality in the regulation of maritime trade throughout this region in the Middle Ages, despite the internationality of its subject matter. The Hanseatic experience in this matter followed wider European developments. In its 350-year history, the development of a Hanseatic sea law went, in theory, from diversity in the use of a myriad of local regulations and customary laws, to unity in the enactment of a common maritime law. In practice, the Hanseatic towns remained united in the diversity of their sea law.
|Title of host publication||The Hanse in Medieval and Early Modern Europe|
|Editors||Justyna Wubs-Mrozewicz , Stuart Jenks|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2012|