Poredbeno pomorsko pravo = Comparative Maritime Law (CML)

Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti = Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Trg Nikole Subica Zrinskog 11,
10000 Zagreb,


Address of the Editorial Board:
Jadranski zavod HAZU = Adriatic Institute,
Senoina 4,
10000 Zagreb,

Tel/fax +385-(0)1-48-12-703
Email jz@hazu.hr


ISSN: 1331-9914 (Print)
ISSN: 1848-8927 (electronic version)

UDC: 347.79

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21857/mjrl3uwg79


Editorial Board



All Volumes







Professor Davorin Rudolf, PhD, Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts (Split, Croatia)

Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Professor Dorotea Coric, PhD (University of Rijeka. Faculty of Law, Rijeka, Croatia)

Editorial Secretary
Vlatka Zivojnovic  (Adriatic Institute, Zagreb)


Editorial Board (international))

Editorial Board (Croatian)

Associate editor (online, databases, UDC):

  • Marula Vujasinovic, B.Lib.Sc. (Adriatic Institute, Library, Zagreb)


English language reviser:

  • Gorka Radocaj, BA English Language (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb)


Documents :




Indexing / Abstracting / some portals, catalogues :

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) ;

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) ;

Academic Search Ultimate (EBSCO) ;

Legal Collection (EBSCO) ;

Legal Source (EBSCO) ;

Law Journal Library (HeinOnline) ;

portal HRCAK ;

digital collection of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts : DiZbi.HAZU (institutional repository) ;

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) ;

Central and Eastern European Library (CEEOL) ;

ERIH Plus ;

Scientific Indexing Services (SIS) ;

BASE (Bielefeld University Library) -- via DOAJ, via HRCAK ;

ASFA Database = Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts Bibliographic Database ;

WorldCat (OCLC) ;

Electronic Journals Library (via Hrcak) ;

Library of Congress

WZB (Berlin) : Electronic Journals (EU) ;

AAAS Journals (via EBSCO) ;

The Hague Academy of International Law.  Peace Palace Library

Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Fachbibliotheken (Hamburg)

UPP (*old issues) in catalogue SUDOC - bibliogr.agencies ABES ;

National Library of Australia

University of Saskatchewan. University Library (Canada)

SUNCAT - catalogue of journals for the United Kingdom

Hopkins Libraries - katalog Catalyst (USA)

articles on portal ResearchGate



(orders and distribution):
Jadranski zavod HAZU, Knjiznica = Adriatic Institute, Library
Strossmayerov trg 14,
10000 Zagreb,

Tel +385-(0)1-48-95-141
Email marula@hazu.hr


(financial business):
Financial Department of the Academy,
Hebrangova 1
10000 Zagreb,

Financial support (for printing): Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, The Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

Distribution of printed issues: current and new subscribers, all authors and sponsors (for a certain number), exchanges for other journals (domestic and foreign), members of the Editorial Board.



History :

      The journal appeared under the title "Comparative Maritime Law and Commerce" at the end of 1958, at a time when there were no adequate regulations for all maritime affairs. Thus, this periodical publication was launched with the aim of scientific and practical processing of the problem of comparative maritime law and regulations of maritime law and of transport law in general.
From the begining, the need to provide current information on legal instruments in the field of maritime economy and overseas exchange was sought. The Adriatic Institute was entrusted with the work on the preparation and drafting of maritime laws and regulations for the entire community.

The format of the first 99 issues was 30 cm, and it was printed by multiplying the typed pages by the chrome-plated technique.

With the Issue Number 100, at 1983, publishing has been updated, the look of the journal has changed (the new format is shortened to 24 cm, and since then it has blue ink), the  ISSN number has been added, and the concept of content was renewed so the rubrics and themes became more visible. Thus, articles, translations and comments, judgments, reports, book reviews and various other informations were visualy separate .

A cumulative index was also published occasionally.


There were some changes during the journal's history:

  • In the title: Comparative Maritime Law and Commerce (1958-1988), Comparative Maritime Law (1989-1996) (*there were some differences in Croatian), and since 1997 is: Comparative maritime law;
  • The title was linked to the international standard number: (1984 - 1990): ISSN 0352-4949; (1991-1996): ISSN 0353-5487; From No. 153/154 : ISSN 1331-9914 ;
  • In the publisher's name: 1958-1974: Adriatic Institute; From 1974 to 1991 the name of the publisher was: the Department of Maritime Law, History and Maritime Economics (Zagreb), and since 1992 it has been named: Jadranski zavod (=The Adriatic Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts);
  • In periodicity: initially there was a quarterly period, then several double and quadrupled appearances, and since 2001 it is an annual.

But there was always a constant and high quality profile of authors, reviewers and associates.


all covers (history):





All Volumes and Issues

title (1997- ) :



1997-1999 2000-2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 .

title (1989-1996) :

UPOREDNO POMORSKO PRAVO = COMPARATIVE MARITIME LAW   (* there is a little difference in Croatian)


1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996


title (1958-1988) :




1958/1959 1959/1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988






The Library of the Adriatic Institute has set up a poster exhibition '60 years since the first volume and 140 published issues of Comparative Maritime Law' on the occasion of the Open Day of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, November 13, 2019 (Central Library of the Academy).

The intention was to show some important periods in the life of the journal ''Poredbeno pomorsko pravo = Comparative Maritime Law'' and give insight into the context of law publishing, maritime and international law documents, and professional organizations, as well as graphical representations of several studies.

This journal appeared at the end of 1958, under the title ‘'Uporedno pomorsko pravo i pomorska kupoprodaja = Comparative Maritime Law and Commerce'’. It was published by the Adriatic Institute of the Yugoslav Academy at the initiative of scientists and associates of the Institute. At that time, the system of domestic admiralty law was not built, so it was necessary to investigate international regulations and offer professional translations. This publication started with such texts and commentaries, as well as legal practice - reviews of decisions of domestic and international courts, reviews of professional literature and some actual information.

The first editor-in-chief of the magazine, distinguished Professor Vladislav Brajkovic and members of the Editorial Board, from the beginning, took care of the quality and accuracy of the articles. The editorial staff expanded over time with scholars and other legal professionals (judges, advisors) who could make relevant decisions about accepting papers for publication.

After his death in 1989, Professor Brajkovic was succeeded by Professor Branko Jakasa, also highly respected expert in his field, and author of many papers from the earliest issues of the journal. In addition to the editor-in-chief, nine editorial staff and 18 members of the Publishing Council continued to edit the magazine.

New editor-in-chief came in 1997: Academician Davorin Rudolf, a distinguished expert in the field of international law of the sea and the first Croatian Minister of Maritime Affairs.

The photographs of the editors, several members of the first Editorial Board, and a list of members of today's international and domestic editorial staff are attached at the exhibition.



The first year of publishing was concluded in 1959, by the issue number 4. In the second year (1959/1960), another four issues were published (5, 6, 7 and 8). The issues were published quarterly from 1961 until the end of 1983. Issue 100 was a turning point in design and content design, in terms of changing the format, color of the cover, and publishing many more articles and other works. The distinctive blue color of the cover, with slight tonal changes, has been kept to the present. In technical aspect, the best change was the transition from machine typing and the paper-copy technique to the collaboration with printing houses. At the exhibition, the first four covers could be seen, as well as the last one, and the issue number 100.

The issues began appearing as doubles in the 1980s, and since 1993 as fours. At that time, the impact of the war situation was already felt, mainly in financial conditions, which caused some shorter intervals in the publication of the magazine, but the continuity in the numbering of the plugs and the years remained. Thus, the issue number 149/152 (for 1996) was printed in 1997, 153/154 (for 1997) in 1999, and the number 155 (for 2000) was printed in 2001.

With the issue number 153/154, the title was officially changed to Comparative Maritime Law and, as an annual issue, the journal has increasingly been recognized as important one among related periodicals in the field of law.

Since 2007, the journal has been added to the HRCAK portal (https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=casopis&id_casopis=132&lang=en). Since 2010 it is enlisted in the Academic Search Complete (EBSCO) database, and later in several of their other databases (Academic Search Premier, Academic Search Ultimate, Legal Collection, Legal Source), followed by applications and listing in DOAJ, ERIH Plus, Scientific Indexing Services (SIS ), Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL). A contract was signed with HeinOnline in 2018. Because the journal is an edition of the Academy, it is also in the institutional repository. – DiZbi.HAZU (https://dizbi.hazu.hr/ ). All of these addresses are represented in the exhibition by logos.

Many international and national professional associations and legal, business and other organizations have been important – as institutional authority, and/or supporters of our publishing practice, and longtime subscribers. On the panel, the timeline is an illustrative insight.


We can see also the chronological order of many maritime regulations and international instruments that were monitored and translated by the experts of the institute for the journal even before official translations in the national gazettes, which was very important at the time when the domestic maritime regulatory system was being built.



The graphical illustrations were used for the quantitative relationships of several types of articles in the journal (scientific papers, translations, case reviews, and other works: book reviews, notices, and other information).



It is also interesting to see how many articles were published by each author on each issue and how the total number of pages in all 140 published issues appeared. From 70-80 pages in the first 99 issues, to today's 200-600, depending on the topic.



The author of the exhibition provided a graphical comparison of the published categorized papers (scholarly/scientific articles) and the total number of pages, by years, in the last 20 years of publication. Not only in ‘Comparative Maritime Law’, but also in several (somewhat) related Croatian journals, although some of them, such as collections of works of law faculties, publish articles from a much broader legal field, or include technical, natural and other aspects in maritime affairs. The validity of such an analysis is prompted by the queries of some databases when applying.


The chronology was also used as a visual insight into the context of existed periodicals available in this territory – the professional journals (maritime, law, transport, insurance and some other profile) from the founding to the eventual closure, or still existing.



For the exhibition, an alphabetical list of all the authors, from the first issue, was prepared, and an author index. These texts can be leafed through because it was easier to show the 198 featured authors.




Thus, in addition to colors and charts, the exhibition's attractiveness was also sought through the photographs, logos, mentioned "interactive" lists, and by referring to the magazine's informative website, noting that all the issues are scanned and, with the bibliographic description, full texts are available.


(The author of the exhibition: Marula Vujasinovic)



This web content realised and updated by Marula Vujasinovic