EMLO Spring Seminar

7th/8th May 2014, Valetta

to be presented in conjunction with Malta Maritime Law Association



Wednesday, 7 May 2014

19.00                       Coach departs Hotel Excelsior

19.30 - 20.30           Tour of the medieval harbour city of Birgu

20.30 - 22.00           Welcome Reception
                                ●   Maritime Museum, Birgu

Thursday, 8 May 2014   

                              Main Seminar 
                              ●   Chamber of Commerce, in the historic heart of the city of Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

08.30 - 09.00         Welcome Coffee and Registration

09.00                     Welcome from Dr Ann Fenech on behalf of the Malta Maritime Law Association

                              Introduction to the Seminar from the Chairman of the European Maritime Law Organisation, 
                              The Rt Hon. The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, KG 

                              Christophe Tytgat , European Community Shipowners’ Association, Brussels
                              What’s on in Brussels?  An overview of current and prospective policy initiatives to include:

   -  The environmental burdens for shipping following legislation on SOx and possibly on CO2

   -  Action to combat Piracy

                         -  Action to reduce administrative burdens for shipping and trade facilitation


10.00 - 10.45        Fergus Randolph QC, Brick Court Chambers, London

10.45 - 11.05        Coffee Break

11.05 - 12.00         Vincent Power, Partner, A&L Goodbody, Dublin
                              State Aid

12.00 - 13.30         LUNCH

13.30 - 14.15         Capt. Wolf-Peter Rabitz, UNICON® Marine Average Consultants GmbH, Bremen
                              Problems with stowaways and illegal immigrant

14.15 - 15.00          Norman Martinez - International Maritime Institute 
                               Limitation of Liability

15.00 - 15.15         Tea break

15.15 - 16.15          Panel of speakers with contributions from the floor. 
                               Theme for discussion:  What Keeps You Awake at Night? 


                                     Philip Wareham – Legal Director, Hill Dickinson, London

                                     Peter Appel – Managing Partner, Gorrissen Federspiel, Copenhagen

                                     Martin Kröger – Managing Director, German Shipowners’ Association, Hamburg

                                     Giorgio Berlingieri – Partner, Studio Legale Berlingieri, Genoa, and President of the Italian Maritime Law Association


16.15                     Closing remarks by the Chairman

16.30                     Conference Ends

19.30                     Coach departs Hotel Excelsior

 20.00 - 23.00        Formal dinner at Palazzo De Piro, a 17th Century palace in the city of Mdina, Malta's silent city
                              Dinner speaker: Richard Lidinsky, Commissioner at the Federal Maritime Commission, Washington D.C.


                              For more information about how to sign up click here


About Us

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) Dublin and, most recently,  Hamburg.

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, Gdynia and Istanbul.  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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