An invitation to our Commercial Maritime Law conference
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UCL Faculty of Laws

UCL Laws invites you to a conference on 


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
12:30 Registration and light lunch
13:00 Welcome
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
14:00 The 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
14:30 Q&A
14:45 Parallel proceedings for limitation of liability and insolvency: Issues and a few possible solutions
Professor Martin Davies, Tulane University, Tulane Maritime Law Centre, USA
15:15 Q&A
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Chair: Mr. Godofredo Mendes Vianna, Partner at Kincaid Mendes Vianna Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Bridging 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
16:45 Towards a convergence of the principles of European, maritime and common contract law
Professor Erik Røsæg, University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Norway
17:15 Q&A
17:30 Coffee Break
18:00 Evening Session
Chair: Jeffrey Gruder QC, Essex Court Chambers
  Singapore: common law relevance in a civil law Asia
Lawrence Teh, Senior Partner, Rodyk Davidson, LLP, Singapore
18:30 Q&A
18:45 The 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
19:15 Q&A
19:30 Reception and Conference Dinner

Wednesday 1 June 2016
12:30 Conference Lunch
  Chair: Ravi Aswani, Stone Chambers, UK
14:00 Actual carriers at civil law
Professor Dr Dieter Schwampe, Partner, Dabelstein & Passehl Rechtsanwalte, Hamburg
14:30 Q&A
14:45 Actual carriers at common law
Emeritus Professor Francis Reynolds, Oxford University
15:15 Q&A
15:30 Coffee Break
  Chair: Paul Dean, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan, UK
16:00 Insurance and Disclosure: Common Law and Civil Law Perspectives
Peter Macdonald-Eggers QC, 7 King's Bench Walk, UK
16:30 Q&A
16:45 Conflict 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
17:15 Q&A
17:30 Coffee Break
  Evening Sessions:
Chair: Charlotte Winter, Partner, Norton Rose, UK
18:00 PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and Another v. OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another (The Res Cogitans)
Jens V. Mathiasen, Gorrissen Federspiel, Copenhagen
18:30 Q&A
18:45 PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC and Another v. OW Bunker Malta Ltd and Another (The Res Cogitans)
Stephen Cogley QC, Quadrant Chambers
19:15 Q&A
19:30 Reception
20:15 Conference 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

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