Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to International Carriage by Air

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Warsaw, Poland
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 13/02/1933

Category

Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Air transport

Groups

ICAO

What is it about?

This Convention is the first international convention to lay down the ground rules in the area of claims arising on international carriage of persons, baggage or cargo performed by aircraft. It also establishes international liability rules in case of accidents and requirements to format and content of air transport documents.

Why is it relevant?

Although this Convention has been superseded by the Montreal Convention (28/05/1999), it is still relevant among all the States that are Party to the Warsaw System (a system made up by this Convention plus amending Protocols and supplementary instruments, as detailed below) and have not yet ratified the Montreal Convention.

Additional Information

The Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 28/05/1999), also known as Montreal Convention, prevails over this Convention and its Protocols for States Parties to both. Since the 1999 Montreal Convention is recent and it is still ratified by a limited number of countries, States that have not ratified the Warsaw Convention and its amendments may wish to consider ratifying them in conjunction with the Montreal Convention. The Warsaw Convention, which initially kept air carrier no-fault liability approximately to 10.000 USD, has been amended many times by the following instruments: - Additional Protocol No 1 to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 25/09/1975) - Additional Protocol No 2 to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 25/09/1975) - Additional Protocol No 3 to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 25/09/1975) - Additional Protocol No 4 to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Montreal, 25/09/1975) - Protocol to Amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air (Guatemala City, 08/03/1971) - Convention, Supplementary to the Warsaw Convention, for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air Performed by a Person Other than the Contracting Carrier (Guadalajara, 18/09/1961) - Protocol to amend the Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to International Carriage by Air (The Hague, 28/09/1955).

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