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

Call for Papers

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

14 & 15 October 2020

The Ocean Group at the Department of Law is hosting a two-day conference that explores the relationship between risk and technology and its place in the theory and practice in trade, transport, and marine law.
Evolving technology and risk create 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. New trade-routes over land and sea create new supply chains, connect new communities to international trade and bring to fore complex legal issues in the trade and transport domain. 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 marine 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 respond to and support positive technological advances? And what theoretical and practical challenges does the law face in this regard?

The Conference will be organized according to three broad thematics. Some topics for paper submissions are broadly listed below, but the list is not exhaustive.

Panel 1: Emerging trends in trade law

• Global economy and new trends in international lawmaking
• Emerging technologies and trade
• Digital trade
• Sustainable development and trade
• Trade and finance
• Economic sanctions

Panel 2: Evolving landscape of transport law

• Artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology and smart contracts in transport
• Autonomous transport
• Electronic trade documents
• New trade routes over land and sea
• Sustainability, competition and air transport

Panel 3: Novel approaches to marine environmental protection

• New approaches to lawmaking for ocean governance and marine environmental protection: concepts, principles and institutions
• Emerging technologies and oceans
• Role of judicial interpretation in development of the law of the sea

Confirmed speakers

The Conference is pleased to announce the following speakers:

Rhidian Thomas Professor Emeritus of Maritime Law and Founder Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University, Wales, UK.

Proshanto Mukherjee Professor of Maritime Law at Dalian Maritime University, China. Professor Emeritus of Maritime Law and Policy at the World Maritime University, Sweden.

Jason Chuah Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law, The City Law School, City, University of London, UK and Chair of the London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Research Group, UK.

Johan Woxenius Professor of Industrial and Financial Management & Logistics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Maximo Mejia Professor, Director of the PhD Program and Head of the Maritime Law and Policy Specialization at the World Maritime University, Sweden.

David Langlet Professor in Ocean Governance Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Instructions for submission

Abstracts (in Word or PDF format, not exceeding 800 words) should be submitted together with a short biography (not exceeding 100 words) via the following email maritime2020@law.gu.se, no later than Monday, 4 May 2020.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 12 June 2020. They should submit the first draft of their paper (min. 6,500 words) by Friday, 18 September 2020 to maritime2020@law.gu.se. The paper will be shared with other speakers with a view to creating interactions during the conference. The quality of the drafts will be screened by the organizers, which may request amendments.


The conference proceedings will be subjected to a peer review process and published as an edited book. Details about how to submit papers for publication will be provided to all speakers immediately after the conference.


The Conference is free of charge. The event does not cover expenses for travel and accommodation. A small bursary to encourage and facilitate attendance of a young scholar is available on application.

Important dates

Abstract submission: Monday, 4 May 2020.
Abstract acceptance: Friday, 12 June 2020
Conference registration opens: Monday, 15 June 2020
Full paper submission: Friday, 18 September 2020.


For further information, please write to the conference e-mail maritime2020@law.gu.se

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