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Institute of Maritime Law

European Colloquium on Maritime Law Research

Published: 2 October 2018

The European Colloquium on Maritime Law Research (ECMLR) is a series of seminars organised every 2 years by different maritime law centres in Europe, under the auspices of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law in Oslo and the Institute of Maritime Law in Southampton. The idea is to be a forum for advanced discussion among people who are active academic writers. This year’s topic was 'Codification of Maritime Law (Challenges, possibilities and experience)', the Colloquium took place in Torun Poland between 20-21 September 2018.

The Institute of Maritime Law was represented by Director Professor Andrew Serdy, Dr Jingbo Zhang and Mr Richard Coles. Following the Colloquia, Richard has shared his paper and an insight into his work for this.

“Because of my particular interest in the law relating to yachts I presented a paper at the ECMLR in Bilbao in 2016 on the financing of yachts after the 2008 economic downturn.

I have long been intrigued by the extent to which international maritime conventions designed to regulate merchant shipping, apply to pleasure yachts.  The subject of my paper at this year’s Colloquium therefore examined the way in which alternative safety standards in the form of Yacht Codes have been implemented in the UK and its Overseas Territories to modify those parts of the key IMO conventions that are unsuitable for large yachts in commercial use.”

The recent work by Richard on new editions of The Law of Yachts and Yachting and Ship Registration Law and Practice books assisted in his research for this paper. Below you will find the abstract, for access to the full paper please email Clare Brady.

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