SOSREP delivers the Law School's Public Lecture

Mr Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP), delivered the School of Law's most recent public lecture on 4 February 2009. The lecture attracted substantial  interest both from the student community and also from the public despite adverse weather conditions affecting the region. 

In his lecture, Mr Shaw explained his role and involvement in maritime casualties in United Kingdom waters giving illustrations from recent incidents such as the MSC Napoli, which was beached in Lyme Bay (Devon) in January 2007.

SOSREP delivers the Law School's Public Lecture

Mr Hugh Shaw delivering the Public Lecture

The SOSREP is responsible to the UK government for marine emergencies within UK waters involving vessels or fixed platforms when there is a significant risk of pollution, and is tasked to oversee, control and, if necessary, to intervene and exercise 'ultimate command and control' in the overriding interest of the UK. The role was created in 1999 as part of the Government's response to Lord Donaldson's review of salvage and intervention and their command and control. Mr Shaw indicated that the need to co-ordinate salvage response in pollution cases became clear following the Sea Empress incident in 1996, which had catastrophic consequences for the Welsh coastline.

At the end of his lecture, Professor Andrew Halpin, the head of the Law School, thanked Mr Shaw for his stimulating presentation and introduced an open discussion on some of the key issues that had been raised.

Annual Public Lecture of the School of Law Delivered by Mr Jacobsson

Mr Jacobsson, Director of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC), who visited the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law in January 2006, also delivered the annual public lecture of the School of Law. The lecture entitled "International Regime and Compensation for Ship-source Oil Pollution Damage: The Legal and Political Aspects", attracted interest both from the University and also from the region, in particular local law firms, environmental agencies and port authorities. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Richard Davies, was also present at the lecture. The lecture was followed by a reception which allowed guests to engage in further stimulating debates with Mr Jacobsson on legal and economic aspects of oil pollution.

 Annual Public Lecture of the School of Law Delivered by Mr Jacobsson

The lecture of Mr Jacobsson was particularly timely, in view of the School's  collaboration with Technium Pembrokeshire for the establishment of the Centre for Environmental  & Energy Law & Policy. The development of the Pembrokeshire Technium arises out of the emergence of this region as a major supplier of natural gas for the UK , as well as its historic and continuing importance in oil refining.