International conventions relating to the contract of carriage are characterized by their vocation to govern all disputes arising from these contracts. And most of them have, in addition to substantive rules concerning the obligations of the parties to the contract of carriage, special rules of jurisdiction.
This is particularly the case in CMR and its Article 31. This provision is subject to a recurring question: what is the extent of the scope of the jurisdictional rules which it lays down? The answer to this question depends on the interpretation given to the text of Article 31.
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