Death on the High Seas Act 1920

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Death on the High Seas Act 1920
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Legislative history

The United States Death on the High Seas Act 1920 (DOHSA) (46 U.S.C. app. §§ 761–768) is a United States admiralty law enacted by the United States Congress. It was originally intended to permit "recovery of damages against a shipowner by a spouse, child or dependent family member of a seaman killed in international waters"[1] in wrongful death cases "caused by negligence or unseaworthiness".[2] It also applies to cases "arising out of airline disasters over the high seas that occur beyond the 12-nautical miles territorial limit of U.S. waters".[3]


  1. ^ Schaffer, Agusti & Earle, 199–200.
  2. ^ Force, Yiannopoulos & Davies, 516
  3. ^ Schaffer, Agusti & Earle, 200.