UCL Commercial Maritime Law Conference

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Commercial Maritime Law

Tuesday 31 May and Wednesday 1 June 2016
from 12.30 - 19:30pm in London Bloomsbury

organised by: 
Dr Melis Özdel (UCL Laws)

The conference brings together internationally renowned legal scholars and practitioners to discuss the areas in which the common law and civil law are divided; the impact of these differences on the drafting and ratification of international conventions; the search for a common framework; and the procedural aspects of the common law and civil law divide in commercial maritime law


Tuesday 31 May 2016

12:30Registration and light lunch

Dr Melis Özdel (UCL)

Keynote Speakers include
Sir Anthony Evans, former Chief Justice of the Dubai Financial Centre Court, former Lord Justice of Appeal
Clive Aston, President of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators Association)

 Chair: Ian Gaunt, LMAA arbitrator, formerly Honorary Secretary of the LMAA
14:00The common law “action in rem” and the suit against the master “qualitate qua” in continental law: Are these two ways of proceedings really “twin brothers”
Emeritus Professor Marc Huybrechts, University of Antwerp, Belgium
14:45Parallel proceedings for limitation of liability and insolvency: Issues and a few possible solutions 
Professor Martin Davies, Tulane University, Tulane Maritime Law Centre, USA
15:30Coffee Break
 Chair: Mr. Godofredo Mendes Vianna, Partner at Kincaid Mendes Vianna Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
16:00Bridging the gap between the common law and civil law in maritime arbitration: The recognition of arbitration awards under the New York Convention 1958
Dr Melis Özdel, UCL, UK
16:45Towards a convergence of the principles of European, maritime and common contract law
Professor Erik Røsæg, University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Norway
17:30Coffee Break
 Evening Sessions
Chair: Jeffrey Gruder QC, Essex Court Chambers
18:00Singapore: common law relevance in a civil law Asia
Lawrence Teh, Senior Partner, Rodyk Davidson, LLP, Singapore
18:45The common law and civil law traditions of contract interpretation in the context of maritime law
Sir Bernard Rix, 20 Essex Street, International Judge of the Singapore Commercial Court
19:30Reception and Conference Dinner


Wednesday 1 June 2016

12:30Conference Lunch
 Chair: Ravi Aswani, Stone Chambers, UK
14:00Actual carriers at civil law
Professor Dr Dieter Schwampe, Partner, Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwalte, Hamburg
14:45Actual carriers at common law 
Emeritus Professor Francis Reynolds, Oxford University
15:30Coffee Break
 Chair: Paul Dean, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan, UK
16:00Insurance and Disclosure: Common Law and Civil Law Perspectives
Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC, 7 King's Bench Walk, UK
16:45Conflict or tension between the Brussels I Regulation and the maritime and transport law conventions?
Professor Frank Smeele, Erasmus University, Rotterdam Institute for Shipping and Transport Law, The Netherlands
17:30Coffee Break
 Evening Sessions
Chair: Charlotte Winter, Partner, Norton Rose, UK
18:00PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and Another v. OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another (The Res Cogitans)
Jens V. Mathiasen, Gorrissen Federspiel, Copenhagen
18:45PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and Another v. OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another (The Res Cogitans)
Stephen Cogley QC, Quadrant Chambers
20.15Conference Ends


Tickets are available at a range of prices from £30 to £120


If you could prefer to book your place offline, please contact Lisa Penfold at UCL Faculty of Laws