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Lifespan of vessels is theme of Admiralty Law Institute March 11-13

March 05, 2020 2:45 PM



The 28th annual Tulane Admiralty Law Institute (ALI) will focus on ships – their lifespan and everything in between – during its biennial conference March 11-13.

This year’s ALI will be held on Tulane’s campus at McAlister Auditorium starting Wednesday with an opening panel on the evolution of a vessel under domestic and international law, and moving on to construction, financing and inspections of vessels under various jurisdictions.

See the full agenda here.

An opening reception will take place Wednesday evening at Latrobe’s on Royal.

On day two, the opening panel addresses “autonomous” and unmanned vessels and touches on the role of artificial intelligence at work in maritime. The panel brings together academics and industry and government practitioners giving very different perspectives about technology that under current development. Other panels will focus on contract negotiations and enforcement, wreckage and salvage removal.

A young lawyer’s reception will take place Thursday evening in the rooftop of the Ace Hotel New Orleans.

Day three of the conference will address the scrapping of vessels, ethics and professionalism, before it closes shortly after noon.

Every other spring, hundreds of lawyers, both practicing and academic, converge on the Tulane campus for the ALI, the oldest and largest continuing legal education program devoted to maritime law. Many of the papers presented at the Institute are published in the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.  The event draws more than 250 lawyers, shipping and marine insurance industry representatives and academics from over 30 states and 11 countries.

This year’s ALI offers continuing education credits ranging from 15+ to 18+ hours, depending on the state.