2020 will forever be remembered as the year when the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world and forced governments to impose a number of extraordinary law and policy measures. The pandemic has had a primary impact on maritime safety and security, and disruptions in the global supply chain are severely affecting the normal course of the shipping business. The retreat of countries to their boundaries raises many issues in terms of the legal protection of an industry that is cross-border by definition.
This webinar offers participants insights into the global and national reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic and how these are affecting shipping. The webinar highlights law and policy measures adopted by states and the international community to address pressing maritime issues that have arisen out of these unprecedented circumstances, such as the recourse to the concept of force majeure to protect business, or the recognition of labour rights in times of a global humanitarian crisis. The pandemic has also underscored the continued relevance of older institutions and instruments governing maritime transport.
The discussion and insights from this webinar will be helpful for individuals and entities concerned about how the current state of maritime affairs has been affected by the pandemic.
Professor Max Mejia: Director of PhD Programme, Associate Academic Dean; Head, Maritime Law and Policy Specialization.
Professor Laura Carballo Pineiro: Nippon Foundation Chair of Maritime Labour Law and Policy.
Associate Professor Aref Fakhry: Advocate.