Revisiting Trade, Transport, and Marine Law: Risk and Technology in Perspective

Samhälle & ekonomi

The Conference explores the relationship between risk and technology and its place in the theory and practice in trade, maritime, and marine law.

18 mar 2021
08:45 - 15:45
Sista anmälningsdag
17 mars 2021

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The event is free and open to all. However, the conference will be password protected and pre-registration is required. Registered attendees will receive an email containing the zoom webinar link to this event.
Department of Law
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The Conference explores the relationship between risk and technology and its place in the theory and practice in trade, maritime, and marine law. Evolving technology and risk creates new challenges and opportunities for trade, transport and the environment. In the trade and transport front, technologies such as blockchain (distributed ledgers), artificial intelligence, big-data analytics, and behavioural analytics impact the way of doing business and require companies to adopt new business models and/or processes. Alongside, the economic (dis)integration caused by conflicting trends of greater interconnection and isolation creates new risks for various stakeholders engaged in international trade. The evolving technologies and risks pose unprecedented legal challenges that, in many instances, require revisiting the law and adoption of new governance techniques. In the environmental domain, technologies such as geo-engineering, sensors and related data analytics, modern shipbuilding techniques, and bio-prospecting enhance States' capacities to prevent degradation of the marine environment and to enforce legal rules and standards. However, technological advances bring new threats to delicate marine environments, such as ice-covered areas, where new trading routes are being developed. In this context, how can law manage these emerging risks and make use of technological advances? And what theoretical and practical challenges is law facing in this domain? 


08:45 - 09:00  Welcome
Per Cramer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden  

09:00 - 09:30  Keynote
Rhidian Thomas, Swansea University, UK 

09:30 - 10:45 Session 1: Law-Making and Dispute Resolution Processes in Trade and Transport  

Panel Chair – Trisha Rajput, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Economic Sanctions and Access to Justice
Carolina Dackö, Mannheimer Swartling, Sweden 

The UN Arms Trade Treaty: A Multilateral Trade and Security Treaty Not Regulated by International Trade Law
Abdulmalik Altamimi, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia 

Trade Restrictions in the Name of National Security: Is the World Trade Organization at Risk?
Trisha Rajput 

Air and Marine Accident Investigation Records in Commercial Arbitration and Litigation.
Jason Chuah, City, University of London, UK. Guest Professor GU 

The Meaning of ‘Accident’ under the Montreal Convention in Light of CJEU Jurisprudence
Olena Bokareva, Lund University, Sweden 

Divide and Conquer or Unite to Trade: Belt and Road Initiative in Perspective
Abhinayan Basu Bal and Trisha Rajput, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

10:45 – 11:00  Coffee Break 

11:00 – 12:00  Session 2: Evolving Regulatory and Contractual Frameworks
Panel Chair – Jason Chuah 

Third Party Direct Rights of Action Against Insurers Under UK Law and International Maritime Liability Conventions
Rhidian Thomas 

Salvage Agreement and Contract Salvage: Risk Dynamics in Salvage Law
Proshanto K. Mukherjee 

Challenges Regarding the Carriage of Goods and Passengers by Sea and the Protection of Health Under the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jonatan Echebarria Fernández, City, University of London, UK 

International Shipping: Who Levels the Playing Field?
Ellen J. Eftestøl and Emilie Yliheljo, University of Helsinki, Finland 

Risk in Transporting Dangerous Goods via RoRo and RoPax shipping
Jonas Flodén and Johan Woxenius, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

On the Relevance of Addressing the Real Issues Spite the Fascination Over the Fact that Small Ships can become Big Boats
Claes Martinson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch Break 

13:00 – 14:00  Session 3: Deployment of New Technology in Shipping  

Panel Chair: Proshanto K. Mukherjee, Dalian Maritime University, China 

Smart Contractual Networks in the Carriage of Goods by Sea
Livashnee Naidoo, University of Glasgow, UK 

Digital assets as objects of property rights: finding the ‘relationship’ for negotiable transport documents in digital environments
Abhinayan Basu Bal

Autonomous Shipping: Some Reflections on Navigational Rights and Rescue at Sea
Martin Leopardi Ratcovich, Stockholm University, Sweden  

The International Regulatory Framework of MASS disruption
Maximo Q. Mejia, World Maritime University, Sweden  

Autonomous wrecks
Jhonnie Mikael Kern, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Maritime and Aviation Law: A Relational Retrospect and Prospect on Unmanned  Ships and Aircraft
Huiru Liu, Chinese Academy of Civil Aviation Science and Technology, China 

14:00 – 14:15  Coffee Break 

14:15 – 15:15  Session 4: Regulating Risk in the Marine Environment 

Panel Chair – Gabriela Argüello, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Shipping and the Ecosystem Approach
David Langlet, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

A New Treaty for Marine Protected Areas in The High Seas – Consequences for the Shipping Sector and Likely Role of the IMO
Niels Krabbe, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Governing Technological Climate Revolution: Geoengineering Research and the Arctic Marine Environment
Gabriela Argüello and Julia Johansson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Ship Exhaust Gas Cleaning 'Scrubber' Technology - Bad News for the Marine Environment
Ida-Maja Hassellöv, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 

Technologies for Low-Carbon Shipping: Overcoming Perceived Risk through Green Financing Frameworks
Pia Rebelo, City, University of London, UK 

15:15 – 15:45  Concluding Remarks
Lars-Göran Malmberg, David Langlet and Abhinayan Basu Bal, University of Gothenburg, Sweden