This Note addresses the United States' enactment of the Oil Pollution Act as an alternative to the Convention of Civil Liability. Part I describes the history of maritime transport and the development of oil spill liability regulations. Part I also discusses major oil spills and different approaches to assessing liability for clean-up. Part II shifts the focus to OPA and the CLC commentators' reactions to these legislative schemes. Part II explores critics' positions on the effectiveness of OPA and the CLC in handling spill liability. Part III concludes that oil spills are an international problem. Part III advocates that the United States should become a member of the CLC so that it can effectively apportion liability for oil spills.
Jaclyn A. Zimmermann,
Inadequacies of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990: Why the United States Should Adopt the Convention on Civil Liability,
23 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1499
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