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Maritime Law faculty share shipping expertise at Oslo seminar

October 12, 2015

Four Tulane Law faculty members were among the presenters at the sixth Tulane-Southampton-Oslo Colloquium, held in late September at the University of Oslo’s Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.

The invitation-only gathering brings together leading scholars from Tulane’s world-renowned Maritime Law Center, the Institute of Maritime Law at Southampton University and the University of Oslo to discuss current complex issues facing the industry.

Tulane hosts the event every three years, the next time scheduled for 2017.

The 2015 colloquium focused on organizing shipping and considerations involving governance, liability, contracts, taxation and jurisdiction.

Tulane presenters were:

Professor Martin Davies, director of the Tulane Maritime Center: Discussed the cautionary tale of the failed P3 Alliance, a proposed “operational not commercial” cooperation among the world’s three largest container shipping lines, Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM. Although the proposed alliance was approved by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission and the European Commission, neither of which expressed immediate concerns about antitrust implications, it was rejected by China’s Ministry of Commerce and therefore was scrapped as unworkable.

Professor Günther Handl: Discussed regulation of Arctic shipping by Canada through the Northwest Passage and by Russia through the Northern Sea Route and questions of whether such national governance is consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as customary international law.

USCG Lt. Cmdr. Brian McNamara (LLM ’11), adjunct lecturer: Discussed the issues nations should consider when creating legal structures to govern marine casualty investigations. He reviewed United States laws; identified potential barriers to fact-finding collaboration between government agents and investigation subjects; and suggested that laws should be structured based on whether the aim is punishment or accident prevention.

Andrei Kharchanka (LLM ’09), legal counsel at Germany-based BBC Chartering and adjunct professor: Discussed changes in European Union competition law governing shipping pools, collaborative arrangements that enable smaller shipowners working together to compete against major operators in bidding for large carriage contracts.


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