9th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF MARITIME LAW
Young Maritime Prize – Piraeus 2016
Call for expression of interest
Since 1992, the Piraeus Bar Association organizes every three years, in Piraeus, which is the greatest commercial Greek port and one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean, an International Conference of Maritime Law aiming at keeping track of current maritime legislation and its implementation, pointing out any eventual misinterpretations and imperfections, indicate the appropriate solutions and contribute to the international unification of substantive law relating to shipping.
Already this institution enumerates eight (8) notably successful international conferences, which dealt with the current and the most interesting maritime law matters, in particular: the protection of maritime creditors (1st International Conference – 28/30 May 1992), the ship’s operation and the freedom of contract (2nd International Conference - 25/27 May 1995), the legal aspects of maritime casualties (3rd International Conference - 27/30 May 1998), the Liability to pay damages under Greek and International maritime law (4th International Conference – 6/9 June 2001), marine pollution (5th International Conference - 29/9 to 2/10/2004), the modern problems of marine insurance (6th International Conference - 4/6 October 2007), comparative and international aspects of the legal status of seafarers (7th International Conference - 30/9 to 2/10/2010) and the function of maritime institutions in periods of economic distress (8th International Conference - 26/9 to 29/9/2013). All papers, discussions and findings of the above Conferences were published in special volumes.
The 9th International Conference of Maritime Law is programmed to be held in the congress hall of Piraeus Port Authority from 13 to 15 October 2016 and its subject is Maritime Safety and Security: Legal implications relating to ships, cargo and the human element. The selected subject is very timely and synthetical and it allows the treatment of individual matters of particular theoretical and practical importance, which shall be structured into three main sections: The first section will focus on the institutional framework with regard to safe navigation, maritime adequacy and safe operation of the ship during her existence. In the section in question are included the matters of liability of classification societies, the ports of refuge, the role of port services, the new Community and International legislation for recycling, the effectiveness of international safety rules. The second one focuses on the consequences of safety defects on the cargo and the relative claims. The relative clauses of charter-parties shall be discussed on theoretical and case-law basis, as well as the third parties claims arising from carriage by sea. The third section is dedicated to the human factor at sea and includes the protection of passengers, seafarers and other persons on board. Current issues, such as the Liability of the shipowner from the action of armed guards, migration from the point of view of the rules of maritime law, Liability of the passenger transport operator in the light of recent deadly accidents, will be thoroughly examined. Finally, the innovation of a round table shall be added in this year’s programme, in the context of which academics, law practitioners and representatives of the market will elaborate and discuss with the participants aspects of the Conference’s subject. More information on the programme and the organization shall be soon available at the website which will be created especially for the forthcoming Conference.
The upcoming Conference is the sequel of an internationally recognized and prestigious “tradition”, established since 25 years, which provides the framework for the meeting and the fruitful exchange of ideas on topics of high theoretical and practical interest among academics, law practitioners specialized in the field of maritime law and actors of the maritime market from all over the world.
In the context of the forthcoming Conference, Piraeus Bar Association and the Organizing Committee decided, for the first time from the beginning of the institution, to encourage the participation in the scientific discourse of young scientists and law practitioners, who wish to delve into the field of Maritime Law. Considering that the current adverse economic conditions should be utilized as a challenge and not as an obstacle to scientific progress through the promotion of young scientists who show enthusiasm for the study of Maritime Law, they address an invitation to an essay competition under the title “Young Maritime Prize”.
For the Piraeus Bar Association
For the Organizing Committee
Lia I. Athanassiou
Professor, Law School of Athens