October 25, 2017
Martin Davies, Director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center and the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Law, at the Miraflores locks in Panama.
The Tulane Maritime Law Center hosted back-to-back events in
Panama in October, gathering lawyers, government officials, and scholars to
chart the future of maritime trade in the wake of a $5.25-billion expansion of
the Panama Canal.
The events included a day-long seminar on emerging issues in
admiralty law for Panama’s legal community, an alumni reception, and an academic
colloquium involving scholars from the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law
at the University of Oslo, the University of Southampton and Tulane.
Panama’s Minister of Canal Affairs, the Hon. Roberto Roy, delivered
the keynote address at the day-long seminar, which was co-sponsored by the
Maritime Law Association of Panama and its chair Francisco Linares (L ’96). Among topics discussed were the state of
maritime law in the current geopolitical climate, the Ballast Law Convention,
and issues of comparative maritime law.
Tulane’s speakers included:
- Robert Force, the Niels F. Johnsen Chair of Maritime Law and Director Emeritus of the Tulane Maritime Law Center, spoke about flags of convenience and the law of the sea.
Raymond T. Waid (L ’07), a partner with Liskow & Lewis in New Orleans and Tulane adjunct professor, spoke about comparative maritime and forum selection issues in the international arena.
Martin Davies, Director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center and the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Law, spoke on the Danish fuel company OW Bunker’s collapse a year after its IPO.
Christopher O. Davis (L ’79), a partner with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, in New Orleans, and Vice President of Comité Maritime International, spoke about the state of international maritime law 100 years after the launch of Panama’s ship registry.
Tulane Law hosted the Oslo-Southampton-Tulane Admiralty Colloquium at the Miraflores locks during the recent trip to Panama.
evening, Tulane Law Dean David Meyer hosted a reception for Tulane alumni
living in Panama. Some 150 Tulane Law alumni currently live and work in Panama,
along with a roughly equal number of alumni from other schools within Tulane
is really a second home for Tulane,” Dean Meyer said. “We’re extremely proud of our alumni in
Panama and grateful for their active support.”
alumni in Panama have raised funds for each of the past five years to offer
full-tuition scholarships to talented Panamanian students attending Tulane for
graduate study. So far, the scholarship
has enabled six Panamanian students to graduate from Tulane Law’s LLM program;
a seventh student, Tiffany Reyes, is currently enrolled.
Oslo-Southampton-Tulane Admiralty Colloquium rotates each year among the three
academic partners. This year, Tulane
elected to host the colloquium in Panama, where Tulane has strong historical
and alumni ties, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Panamanian
ship registry and the opening of the new, expanded Panama Canal.
On Oct. 13 and 14, Tulane’s Maritime Law Center hosted this
year’s OST at Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, bringing distinguished
faculty from the three leading maritime centers in the world to discuss topics
relevant to today’s maritime climate.
canal as a backdrop, the theme for the eighth annual colloquium was the
significance of ship registration and flagging, given the centenary of the
Panamanian registry. Panama is the world’s largest ship registry, with
about 23 percent of all ships in the world registered there. Remy
Carreira (L ’05), a lawyer with Carreira Pitti in Panama, helped organize
the event at Miraflores.
local prospective LLM students had an opportunity to meet with Maria Landry,
the Law School’s director of admissions and international student affairs,
about possibly joining the Green Wave family.