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Issues of Maritime Governance: Annual Conference 2017

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START DATE 9 June 2017
START TIME 09:15am

W142, Williams Building (09:15-14:00) & C219-20 (14:00-17:00) Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 10 June 2017
END TIME 05:00pm

An interdisciplinary conference exploring a range of contemporary issues related to enforcement of maritime claims and the use of regulation of the world’s seaborne trade and ports

This interdisciplinary conference brings together expert speakers from the China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association, City, University of London, Middlesex University, Southampton Solent University, World Maritime University, and the Chinese Shipping Association of London to discuss several major legal, economic and political issues of maritime governance in evidence around the world today.

Topics covered at the 2017 Annual Conference will explore a range of contemporary issues related to enforcement of maritime claims and the use of regulation of the world’s seaborne trade and ports. Issues addressed include: conflict of laws, arrest of ships, limitation of liability for maritime claims, charter-parties, the expansion of China’s trade and shipping; the global regulation of cargo haulage and the changing role of international ports.

Agenda - 9th June

9:15 Coffee and Registration, Venue: W142, Williams Building

9:45 INTRODUCTION Opening Welcome Speech by Professor Joshua Castellino (Dean School of Law & Business School, Middlesex University)

10:10 Keynote speech by Emeritus Professor Proshanto Mukherjee, Principles of Conflict of Laws with Respect to Maritime Claims

10:50 China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association (CECCA): Welcome and Launch Ceremony of the CECCA, Chaired by Miss Shengnan Jia, (City, University of London; Barrister admitted to PRC Bar)

11:00 Tea break

11:15 Keynote speech by Dr Mahin Faghfouri, Vice-President, International Ocean Institute Maritime claims under the 1952 and 1999 International Conventions on Arrest of Ships

11:55 ISSUES OF ENFORCEMENT OF MARITIME CLAIMS Chair: Professor Peter Hough, Associate Professor in International Politics, Middlesex University.

Dr Rui Zheng, Shanghai Maritime University - Recent Developments of Maritime Limitation of Liability in China,
Mr Andrew Purssell, Kennedys Law LLP, - Limitation of Maritime Claims From English Case Perspective

12:50 Group Photo

13:00-13:55 Lunch (Buffet) & Poster Presentations, Venue: Hendon Town Hall, Committee Room 3

14:00 Afternoon Sessions, Venue: College Building, C219-20 (Board Meeting Room)

Keynote speech addressed by Professor Jason Chuah, University of London, Risks in Renegotiating Charter-parties in Times of Economic Hardship


Chair: Dr Lijun Zhao, Middlesex University

Captain Dr Pengfei Zhang, Southampton Solent University, China's Belt and Road Initiative: Will it reshape Global Trade?

Mr Richard Scott, Bulk Shipping Analysis/Senior Consultant of CECCA, China’s Seaborne Trade and Shipping: an Overview of Recent Trends and Where We Are Today

15:35 Tea Break (15 minutes)


Chair: Miss Shengnan Jia, CECCA and City, University of London
Mr Wei Hu, Advisor of the Chinese Shipping Association, Dry Bulk Ship Chartering

Dr. Tobias Eckardt, Partner of Law Firm Ahlers & Vogel in Germany, Multimodal Transport in German Case Law—The Beginning and The End of The Sea Carriage and Some Implications of The Incoterms

16:45 Closing Remarks from Prof Alan Durant, on Behalf of Middlesex University, School of Law

17:00 Social Evening: Drinks Reception followed by an optional dinner in a local restaurant – The Claddagh Ring (The dinner will be at extra but discounted cost of £12.99)

Please email for Day 2 information.

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