The Nineteenth Annual EMLO Conference
will take place on Friday 25 October 2013 at Lincolns Inn, London, UK
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Joint EMLO/Turkish Maritime Association Spring Conference confirmed
2/3 May, Istanbul, Turkey
Free to EMLO members
The Global impact of EU Shipping Law and Policy
3 May 2013
At Ozyegin University, – 09.30 -15.00
Keynote speech by Mr Fotos Karamitsos - Director of DG MOVE, European Commission
Opening reception at the Legacy Ottoman Hotel – 2 May 18.30 - late
Optional visit to the VTS Station on the Bosphorus – 3 May 17.00 -19.30
The European Maritime Law Organisation, the Turkish Maritime Law Association and the Dean and faculty of Law of the Ozyegin University, in conjunction with the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, invite you to attend their Joint Conference by the shores of the Bosphorus. Speakers include the Director of the Turkish Ministry of Transportation, a senior representative from the European Commission and leading practitioners from Turkey and the EU. The conference will be chaired by the Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, recently president of the United Kingdom Supreme Court.
We will explore four key issues of the moment:
- Safety and environment: what new initiatives can we expect from Brussels?
- Passenger rights: How does the cruise and ferry industry deal with the complexities of jurisdiction and enforcement caused by the new regime?
- Ship arrests and sales: is the new Turkish Maritime Code fit for purpose?
- European Union Competition Law and ports: what can we learn and look forward to?
HOTEL A limited number of rooms have been reserved for delegates attending the conference at the 5* Legacy Ottoman Hotel between Eminonu and Sirkeci in the Sultanahmet district: Hobyar Mah.Hamidiye Cad. No.16 Sirkeci Istanbul 31112 Tel: 00 90 212 527 67 67
Delegates are responsible for making their own bookings. To obtain concessionary rates please use the reference “EMLO 2013”.
Please book quickly to ensure availability.
EMLO has a new Chairman. After seven years under the excellent leadership of Sir Francis Jacobs we are proud to announce that the role of Chairman will now be filled by The Rt Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC, who was until recently the first President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. The handover took place at the Eighteenth Annual Conference where the delegates were delighted to meet Lord Phillips, but very sad to be saying goodbye to Sir Francis Jacobs.
On 4 May 2012 DG Competition announced a consultation on the future of the Maritime Antirtrust Guidelines with a closing date of 27 July. The DG COMP website includes a Staff Working Document outlining a proposal to move from a sector-specific to a general framework and withdraw the current guidelines altogether.
EMLO, together with the Baltic Exchange, will be holding a roudtable debate on 19 June 2012 to discuss the implications of such a move. Areas affected include market definition and effect on trade in shipping cases, exchanges of information in the liner sector and pool agreements in tramp shipping.
The "European Maritime Law Organisation" (EMLO) was established to provide a neutral and independent forum for debate and research on issues of interest to those concerned with EU maritime affairs.
We are an independent body and hold conferences and seminars on all aspects of EU maritime law, ranging from competition and trade to safety and the environment.
EMLO has been at the forefront of developments in EU maritime policy as that policy has evolved over the past two decades. Founded in 1991 shortly after the first proceedings (against the Far Eastern Freight Conference) had commenced, EMLO had an inaugural conference in London in October of that year. The keynote speech was delivered by Helmut Kreis. That set the scene for subsequent Annual Conferences which have attracted leading speakers from the European Commission and engendered plenty of lively debate.
EMLO is THE place where the latest legal trends and developments in EU maritime competition law and general maritime law are reported, analysed and critically debated and is widely attended by the foremost EU maritime practitioners and compliance officers from owners, forwarders and shippers and the relevant trade associations.
EMLO has been fortunate in having had strong support from both DG Competition and DG TREN over the years and many major policy announcements by the Commission have been made at EMLO Conferences. The Fourteenth Annual Conference which took place in Copenhagen in October 2008 and drew a capacity audience of 110 delegates and speakers, with a keynote speech by Olivier Guersent who had only recently taken over as acting Director of the Transport Service Directorate in DG Competition.
Mr Guersent gave an overview of the new maritime competition regime resulting from the abolition of Council Regulation 4056/86. Competition law has traditionally been the main focus of the conferences but EMLO has not neglected other policy areas such as developments in the field of maritime safety and the environment, and specialised sectors such as ports, P&I clubs and state aid. Future conferences and events will continue in this tradition.
Most of the EMLO Annual Conferences have taken place in London or Brussels but this has not prevented EMLO from having successful conferences in Rotterdam, Genoa and Valletta (jointly with the Malta Maritime Law Association) and, most recently, Dublin.
When in 1994 the European Commission presented its draft block
exemption covering liner consortia, EMLO held a special seminar at the Europe Institute in Leiden to discuss the proposals and submitted comments that proved to be quite influential on the wording of the regulation that was finally adopted.
To coincide with the enlargement of the European Union in 2004 EMLO decided to promote smaller scale seminars in the new Member States and has therefore since met has met in Limassol and Gdynia.
Members can attend both a Spring Seminar between March and May (dates vary) and the Annual Conference (generally on the Friday of the third week of October, with a dinner the night before).
EMLO is a membership organisation that depends primarily on the continued support of its members, who receive discounts on attendance fees and various other benefits. If you are not already a member we would appreciate your support: please apply online via the Registration page on this site.
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