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Institute of Maritime Law

IML Academic awarded 2018 Claes Isacson Prize

Published: 11 June 2018
Mr Robert Veal
Mr Robert Veal

IML academic Robert Veal has been award the 2018 Claes Isacson Prize for his PhD research on the product liability aspects of autonomous shipping. The award is generously sponsored by Gard P & I (Bermuda) Ltd.


Robert’s research explores the apportionment of third-party liability between the operator and producers of autonomous marine systems. It considers the increased role EU and domestic product liability laws will have in marine incidents with the wider use of autonomous systems and unmanned shipping.

Everyone here at the IML wishes Robert many congratulations on this prestigious prize.

Join us at the 45th Maritime Law Short Course where among other sessions Robert will be teaching a new session on autonomous shipping

Find out more about Robert here

45th Maritime Law Short Course page

Notes for editors

Claes Isacson

Claes Isacson joined Gard in 1996 to set up an office in Gothenburg. In 1999 he was promoted to head of P&I underwriting and became CEO in 2001. His tenure as CEO was characterised by a strategy of growth and diversification which led to Gard becoming the largest P&I club in the world and the third largest marine insurer.

In addition to his role at Gard, Claes played an active role in the wider marine insurance market. In November 2009, he was elected Chairman of the International Group of P&I Clubs – the first non-British person to hold this position – for a three year term.

Claes’ overriding goal was to meet changing client needs. Whether it was developing Gard Academy to look at education, re-engineering underwriting, expanding the office network to reach the emerging economies or creating best practice in claims handling, Claes always looked to the future and to continually improve the organisation and the way it served its Members and clients.

The Claes Isacson Scholarship
Against the background of Claes Isacson’s engagement in and commitment to the shipping and marine insurance industries during his entire working life, and his particular focus on internal education and training through the establishment of the Gard Academy, the intention is that the scholarship shall help young people to finance an education at university level with a view to finding work within the shipping and marine insurance sectors. The Claes Isacson Scholarship is awarded annually and amounts to USD 20,000 which may be awarded to one student or split between several students..

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