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Institute of Maritime Law

Recast regulation course: Jurisdiction and Arbitration in Commercial and Maritime disputes

Published: 24 March 2015

This one day course addressed topical legal issues in relation to jurisdiction and arbitration clauses in commercial and maritime contracts.

Today saw the Institute of Maritime Law run a dedicated course on the Recast Regulation for the first time.

The first half of the day considered the application of the Recast Regulation from 10 January 2015 together with anti-suit injunctions and freezing injunctions. The second half of the day then considered issues specific to maritime contracts. These included incorporation of arbitration clauses into bills of lading, and other international conventions which have provisions on jurisdiction and how they interrelate with the Recast Regulation, including tonnage limitation. Finally, the course carried out a case study on jurisdiction and arbitration clauses in charter parties, guarantees and bills of lading.

The course was coordinated by IML Member Professor Yvonne Baatz, who delivered a talk, along with Institute Director Professor Michael Tsimplis, fellow member Filip Saranovic and IML Senior Research Assistant Robert Veal. They were also joined by Dr. Pippa Rogerson and Professor Richard Fentiman, from the University of Cambridge; Ian Gaunt, from the London Maritime Arbitrators Association; and Luke Parsons QC, from Quadrant Chambers. The course was held at Reed Smith LLP in the City, whose senior associate Alexander Sandiforth also joined the speakers.

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