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Traces of early written manifestations of sporadic rule-making in maritime trade are to be found in the Code of Hammurabi (ca. It has shaped maritime law over centuries and its influence is still felt today.
The text is lost, but during the expansion of the port of Rhodes in modern times, a granite column was found which carried an inscription related to the "), a rule of maritime law that still exists today under the name "general average".
On the other hand, the sea has been used from time immemorial by the vessels of all nations, in the absence of a commom superior, on terms of equality, without let or hindrance from one another, or where such let or hindrance has been attempted, it has been successfully resisted and put down...
a certain manner of acting towards one another on the part of seafaring men, when they met on the High Sea, grew up into a custom the origin of which is hidden in the darkness of a remote antiquity, as it was insensibly formed by a repetition of certain acts, which met a common want and reconciled in a simple and equitable manner interests, which threatened at first to conflict with one another.".
By its very nature, long-distance sea transport has always required its own "supraterritorial" rule-making based on the special routines, traditions and needs of mariners, freighters, charterers, ship-owners and merchants involved in overseas trade: "The Law of the Sea has been from the earliest times exceptional to the Law of the Land.
That dispute is mainly caused by the contrast between local, regional and supraterritorial rule making in the area of maritime law which existed in those days.
The major port cities, like Amalfi, Hamburg, Lübeck, Trani, Kampen, Marseille, Genoa, Barcelona and Wisby, had enacted local sea laws throughout the Middle Ages.
According to another, more convincing theory, the creation of the Rôles was based on the different merchants' and mariners' guilds of northwestern Europe in the thirteenth century, the text of the Rôles being either first formulated by one trading community and then adopted by the others, or collectively created by the different communities in unison, the Rôles were written between 11. They derive their name from the fact that their first version was written on parchment which was rolled and put in a case so that the Rôles could be taken on a ship journey. That number rose to 47 in a sixteenth century version as the law developed.
The oldest extant copy dates from the early fourteenth century and is contained in the is probably a copy, directly or indirectly, of an Anglo-Norman original.