The 4th International Maritime & Commercial Law Conference

When West Meets East: Challenges for Today and Tomorrow | 2018 | London

The focus of this international conference is  Chinese and European Maritime and Commercial Law.


It is difficult to clarify the scope of “International maritime law”. Commercial scholars and lawyers consider that it is a narrow legal field; while maritime scholars and practitioners argue that it is comprised of a very broad range of disciplines either: all matters in relation to finance, construction, insurance, salvage, towage and decommissioning of vessels; or all issues regarding transportation of goods and passengers by sea, transactions, finance and security involving seaboard trade. When West meets East, this issue is more complex. 

In considering that the aim of this conference is to bring West and East professionals to discuss the inter-reginal impact of maritime legal issues, in order to establish a broad horizon, this conference will  bring together internationally distinguished scholars and practitioners to discuss maritime issues from the broad point of view. 

In the context of Brexit and the rise of China, this conference will bring together internationally distinguished scholars and practitioners to discuss the following topics that arise in the global maritime economy, with special focus on current shipping, ports, banking, insurance, dispute resolutions, and regulatory issues as follows:

· Marine insurance law;

· Maritime codification;

· The impact of economic stagnation and security on the shipping industry;

· Legal issues in relation to China’s Belt and Road Initiative; 

· Finance and banking issue in international trade;

· The development of ports;

· Dispute resolutions.

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Friday, 7 December 2018


8:30-9:00 (Registration);  9:00-18:30 (Conference)


Clyde & Co LLP (London Office), 7th floor of Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph St


United Kingdom


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Speakers/Chairs (Confirmed)


  • Professor D. Rhidian Thomas, Swansea University (UK)
  • Professor Proshanto Mukherjee, Dalian Maritime University (China); 
  • Professor James Hu, Shanghai Maritime University (China);


  • Professor Jason Chuah, Head of Department, City, University of London (UK);
  • Professor Baris Soyer,  Head of Department of Shipping and Trade Law,  Swansea University (UK)
  • Mr Simon Jackson, Partner, Clyde & Co (UK)


  • Professor Simon Baughen, Swansea University (UK)
  • Mr Ian Gaunt, President of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) (UK)
  • Mr Richard Lord, QC, Brick Court Chambers (UK)
  • Mr James M. Turner QC, Quadrant Chambers (UK)
  • Dr Zhihua Zheng, East China University of Political Science and Law; Former Judge, Ningbo Maritime Court (China)
  • Dr Tobias Eckardt, Partner, Ahlers & Vogel (Germany)
  • Dr Jingbo Zhang, Assistant Professor, Southampton University (UK)
  • Dr Massimiliano Musi, Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow, University of Bologna (Italy)
  • Dr Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa, Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Holland)
  • Dr Lijun Zhao, Co-founding Director of CECCA; Senior Lecturer, Middlesex University (UK)
  • Miss Shengnan Jia, Co-founding Director of CECCA; Partner, Tahota Law Firm (China)

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