Professor B. Soyer, Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL), spoke at the "Seminar on International Development of Insurance Law" held in Dalian, China, on 3-5 June, 2016.

The main objective of the Seminar, which was organised by the China Institute of Insurance Law, was to deliberate the reform of the Chinese Insurance Code in light of national and international developments. Within that context, Professor Soyer's paper evaluated the changes introduced by the Insurance Act 2015 and discussed to what extent the 2015 Act could provide guidance to the Working Group on reform of the Chinese Insurance Code. Professor Soyer, who was part of a group of international experts which included Professor Jeffrey W. Stempel (University of Navada), Yong Qiang (National University of Singapore) and Professor Daniel Schwarcz (University of Minnesota), attended this event by invitation of the China Institute of Insurance Law.

He found the Seminar to be illuminating, stating that “This event not only gave me valuable insight into some of the intricacies of Chinese insurance law but also enabled me to meet insurers, practitioners, judges and academics working in the field. I am grateful for the kind invitation extended to me by the Institute of Insurance Law and am looking forward to cooperating with them and the Working Group in the months to come.” The IISLT has been fully involved in the reform process of insurance law in the UK by organising two influential seminars on the subject, in collaboration with the English Law Commission, in 2008 and 2013. Professor Soyer has also edited a book on the subject, "Reforming Marine and Commercial Insurance Law" (published in 2008), which has been acknowledged generally as influencing the direction of reform in this field of law. Presently, he is working in collaboration with Professor Malcolm Clarke (Cambridge University) on a book which is due to be published in September 2016, offering a critical commentary of the Insurance Act 2015, its impact on law and on the practice of commercial insurance law.

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Professor Soyer delivering his paper

An additional highlight of the event was the fact that Dr Rui Zheng’s paper on “Use of Fraudulent Devices under English Law and s. 27 of the Chinese Insurance Code” was awarded the second Prize for Outstanding Scholarship. Dr Zheng completed his LLM and PhD at Swansea University under the supervision of Professor Soyer and is currently a Lecturer in Law at Shanghai Maritime University. Naturally, the success of our Swansea graduates in academia makes us extremely proud!

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Professor Soyer with Dr Rui Zheng