14 – 16 Sep 2023 Add To Calendar
Royal Olympic Hotel, Athens, Greece
The AIJA triple seminar in Athens will feature seminars on Transport Law, International Arbitration, and Public Procurement Law. There will also be joint panels discussing common interests and emerging trends. Athens is a strategic location for discussing transport and shipping disputes.
Transport Law Seminar // 13th Annual Arbitration Conference // Public Procurement Seminar
- 14 – 16 September 2023
Join the AIJA triple seminar in Athens organised by the Transport Law Commission, the International Arbitration Commission and the Public Procurement Law Interest Group.
The conference will be split on Friday’s session into a Transport Law seminar named “A Ship’s life: a long tale about the wondering and struggling life cycle of a ship from her financing to her recycling”, the 13th Annual Arbitration Conference named “Ever given, never given: Transport, Supply Chain and Arbitration” and a Public Procurement seminar on “Public Procurement – Trends and Future”. There will be also two joint Saturday’s panels in which the Transport Law Commission, the International Arbitration Commission and the Public Procurement Law Interest Group will team up to discuss about topics of common interest related, inter alia, to the famous “Achmea” case. All will take place in Athens, Greece from 14 to 16 September 2023.
The Transport seminar will discuss all aspects of a ship’s life cycle, from sale and shipbuilding to its use as a transport mode. Piraeus, Greece’s main port, is home not only to over 600 ship management companies managing from 1-2 vessels to up to very large fleets with over 25 vessels, but also to several shipping service providers such as financial institutions, insurance companies, accounting firms, law firms etc. The country’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa makes it a vital hub for international trade, transport and shipping and thus a great place where to hold a transport seminar. The discussion will take into consideration also climate change, the new focus on sustainability and the digital transformation so to attract speakers and attendees from several industries.
The International Arbitration seminar will address which space arbitration may find in the transport and shipping industry. In such context many disputes may arise including those related to supply chain disruptions as demonstrated, for example, by the recent events of the Suez Channel blockage by the container ship Ever Given. International arbitration remains the most convenient method to resolve such disputes in an efficient way resulting in a binding award enforceable all around the world. Greece ranks as the world’s largest ship owning nation, it has ratified the 1958 New York Convention and in early 2023 has radically updated both its international commercial arbitration law and its private maritime law. Athens is therefore the perfect location to discuss why arbitration suits perfectly well with transport and shipping disputes.
The public procurement seminar will, inter alia, address the fact that he Piraeus port, following its privatization, in just a few years has become the fourth largest port in Europe with continuously improving economic performance. This shows that its privatisation has produced hopeful results and also explains why public procurement is a highly competitive industry in the Greek market. This combined with the recent global conditions with the Russian aggression against Ukraine and the shift towards a more protectionist approach to global trade make this seminar in Athens more relevant than ever. During the seminar, lawyers from around the world will identify trends and future of public procurement law that is emerging as a result of the experiences from the past years.
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