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Institute of Maritime Law

Private International Law Seminar Event

London Shipping
18:00 - 20:00
16 April 2018
Clyde & Co The St Botolph Building 138 Houndsditch London EC3A 7AR

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Miss Clare Brady on 02380593862 or email .

Event details

Given the potential dangers for London's status as an international centre for cross-border litigation and arbitration, there is a growing need for rigorous scrutiny of the complex shape of private international law rules in England and Wales. This is the first event of the year in a series of evening sessions organised by the Institute of Maritime Law's Private International Law Interest Group. The focus of this event will be on the recent developments relating to jurisdiction and arbitration clauses in the context of insurance, including the extent to which such clauses may be circumvented in direct action claims under foreign legislation.

Programme & Speakers

Jurisdiction and Arbitration Clauses and Direct Actions

Chair Luke Parsons QC Quadrant Chambers


Session 1

Dr Ugljesa Grusic, University College London

Party Autonomy and Jurisdiction Clauses under Brussels I Recast

The Brussels I Regulation Recast has strengthened party autonomy by clarifying the position with respect to the substantive validity of jurisdiction clauses and laying down a special lis pendens rule. This presentation will focus on the new rules and on the new problems that they create.


Session 2

Professor Yvonne Baatz, Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton

Jurisdiction Agreements and Direct Action

The decision  of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Assens where it was held that a jurisdiction agreement did not bind the claimant in a direct action? Can the decision be distinguished where the claimant is not a “weaker party”?


Session 3

Rob Collins Partner, Clyde & Co LLP

Arbitration Agreements and Direct Action

The Court of Appeal decision in The Yusuf Cepnioglu



£40. Includes tea & coffee refreshments and wine reception

£20 student fee is available - Student ID number needed when booking online, if you are not a University of Southampton student please get in touch to book. 

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