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Tuesday 20 October


The Maritime Law Seminar (the annual event of the Maritime Law Committee of the All China Lawyers Association) took place this year in Shenzhen, a major financial centre in Southern China, said to be China’s wealthiest city, with one of the busiest container ports in the world.

The event was hosted by the Maritime Law Committee, the China Maritime Arbitration Commission (CMAC), and the Guangdong and Shenzhen Lawyers Associations and co-hosted by the law schools of Dalian Maritime, Shanghai Maritime, Wuhan and Xiamen universities. 

The event was organised by four law firms from the region (including Reed Smith Richards Butler from Hong Kong) and sponsored by 15 national law firms and entities.

The LMAA was amongst eleven supporters, which also included CMAC Hong Kong and SCMA.

Approximately 450, predominantly Chinese, delegates registered to attend this extremely popular event.  The conference programme ran over two days and included five plenary session sand a further eight concurrent sessions.  Sessions included papers on : Amendment to the China Maritime Code, Maritime Law and Policy under “The Belt and Road” Initiative, Anti-Suit Injunctions, Ship Arrest and Arbitration, Legal Issues regarding Marine Insurance, Ship Finance, Insolvency and other Hot Topics.  The event also included two moot arbitrations, presented by Hong Kong and Singapore respectively.

Immediate Past President, Clive Aston and Honorary Secretary, Daniella Horton, presented papers in the Arbitration session on the topics of Costs in London Arbitration and Hybrid Arbitration Clauses respectively.  Their papers, along with some below photographs of the event, can be found on the Association’s website.

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