Swansea in the Limelight: The IISTL Takes the Floor at the 2015 Quadrennial Chinese Maritime Law Association Conference

Professors Soyer and Tettenborn of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) both delivered papers by invitation to the China Maritime Law Association's 8th International Conference on Maritime Law, held on 13-15 October in the major seaport city of Dalian.

This event, always a prestigious showcase for the Asian maritime law world, attracted over 350 delegates and over 30 speakers not only from Asia but from Australia, Africa, North America and Europe.

Professor Soyer, in a stimulating address, focused on the impact on insurance law and practice of the Insurance Act 2015 (an Act in respect of which the IISTL had been involved at the drafting stage). The discussion generated by the paper showed unambiguously that it had hit home. On the same day Professor Tettenborn offered an illuminating analysis of the vexed interrelation between ship arrest and international insolvency law, making the point that the priority traditionally gained by ship arrest was being thrown increasingly into doubt and suggesting means to improve matters.

Soyer (Dalian 2015)

Professor Soyer delivering his paper on the Insurance Act 2015

This conference is always a highly prestigious event, and through the IISTL the College of Law was delighted to corporate with China Maritime Law Association and Dalian Maritime University in supporting it. It was therefore extremely fitting that Professor Elwen Evans QC, the Head of the College, was also present. She was in addition instrumental in conducting negotiations with officials from the Chinese maritime law sector over future initiatives for the College in the years to come. As she put it, “China plays a leading role in global shipping, and it was a great honour for us to be invited to this event. It was also very pleasing to meet many Swansea LLM alumni holding key positions in Chinese shipping and commercial practice. As the new Head of the College I am absolutely behind Swansea’s determination to continue offering degree programmes that are contemporary and practice-oriented. The Department of Shipping and Trade Law is at the forefront of education of this kind, and I was delighted to observe at first hand that it is now an international force to be reckoned with.”      

Tettenborn (Dalian 2015)             Professor Tettenborn presenting his paper on International Insolvency Law