||Urs Daniel Engels
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Scrapping ships, sacrificing men was the title of a compelling series of articles published in the Baltimore Sun in 1997. Awarded with the famous Pulitzer Prize, these investigative reports revealed the dark side of a little-known 'reckless industry' and illustrated the social and environmental costs involved, and accused, among others, the United States Navy and Defense Department of sending its hazardous problems to South Asian beaches. Almost twelve years later, the IMO's Diplomatic Conference on Ship Recycling adopted the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, known as the (Hong Kong Convention). While the convention has been slammed by environmentalists as 'already obsolete'," others emphasise that it strikes the right balance instead and describe its adoption not only as a 'good outcome' but also herald the 'birth of a more responsible industry'. Whether these assessments are valid, whether the green lobby has eventually left its mark on ship recycling/ whether entry-into-force of the convention will still take at least another 5 years, and whether interim European Union measures are capable of sufficiently tackling the issues at stake will be analysed in this study...