Shipping, trade & cybersecurity: New opportunities and new dangers

Hong Kong

19 - 21 April 2018

The Transport Law Commission is delighted to invite you to its seminar “Shipping, trade & cybersecurity: New opportunities and new dangers”, which will take place in Hong Kong on 19-21 April 2018.

Hong Kong is a thriving metropolis with a large trading economy and an expanding maritime service cluster, making it an ideal location for this seminar.

The first part of the seminar will examine the status, opportunities and challenges of the Belt and Road Initiative, which was launched by China in 2013, and use this as a stepping stone to explore current legal issues in shipping and trade and available dispute resolution mechanisms in China and other jurisdictions worldwide.

The second part of the seminar will focus on cybersecurity, which with the increasing digitalization and recent high profile cases has proven to be a very relevant area of concern within shipping and trade.

In the best tradition of AIJA, the seminar will feature both a highly relevant and interesting scientific program with speakers from many different jurisdictions, who are experts within their respective fields of work, and an enjoyable social programme.

We look forward to welcoming you in Hong Kong.


Our event is supported by:





AIJA Commissions

  • Transport Law

Full programme

Transport Law

Thursday 19 April 2018

18:30 » 20:30
Registration and welcome reception at the China Club
Optional dinners in groups
Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Friday 20 April 2018

08:30 » 18:00
Scientific program at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
Focus on current shipping and trade matters, including the One Belt One Road Project and competing trade corridors
08:30 » 09:15
Registration at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
09:15 » 09:30
Welcome address
David Frølich, AIJA Immediate Past President, Lund Elmer Sandager, Denmark
09:30 » 11:00
Panel 1: The Belt and Road Project and competing trade corridors – Status, developments and challenges
Catherine Smith, Holman Fenwick Willan, Hong Kong, speaking on “An introduction to the One Belt One Road Initiative”
Tobias Eckardt, Ahlers & Vogel, Germany, speaking on “Multimodal rail transport under the (unimodal) CIM and national law”
Alexander Mednikov, Jurinflot, Russia, speaking on “The Northern Sea Route – New legislative initiatives in Russia”
11:00 » 11:30
Tea break
11:30 » 13:00
Panel 2: Dispute resolution in shipping and trade – Status and developments in China and other jurisdictions
John Xavier Butler, RPC, Hong Kong, speaking on “An update on Hong Kong as a forum for maritime disputes and the admiralty jurisdiction of Hong Kong courts”
Elizabeth Sloane, Stephenson Harwood, Hong Kong, speaking on “Hong Kong shipping disputes – options in a distressed market”
Kelly Yap, Oon & Bazul, Singapore, speaking on “The interplay between the insolvency and restructuring regime and the shipping and admiralty regime in Singapore”
Morten Kierulff, Kromann Reumert, Denmark, speaking on “The new NOMA – The Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration Association”
13:00 » 14:30
Lunch at a nearby restaurant
14:30 » 16:00
Keynote address - “Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Commercial Disputes along the Belt and Road”
Anselmo Trinidad Reyes, professor and former High Court Judge, Hong Kong
16:00 » 16:30
Tea break
16:30 » 17:15
Keynote address - “Cyber Risk Management in Shipping”
Phil Tinsley, Maritime Security Manager at BIMCO, Denmark
17:15 » 18:30
Panel 3: Legal issues arising out of digitalisation in shipping and recent cyber attacks
Torgeir Willumsen, Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Singapore, speaking on “Digitalisation in shipping from a legal perspective”
Camilla Søgaard Hudson, Bech-Bruun, Denmark, speaking on “Cyber risks in shipping – initiatives to avoid another NotPetya”
Srefanie Roose, AKD, Netherlands, speaking on “Liability of logistic service providers in relation to cybercrime – the Dutch perspective”
Dinner at Social Place

Saturday 21 April 2018

Optional afternoon programme
Trip to Lamma Island including dinner
Not included in the registration fees, payable locally



Practical information


Please book your room at The Pottinger Hotel at discounted group rates prior to 19 March 2018.

Hotel Booking Form for AIJA Seminar - The Pottinger

Please note that cancellations prior to 11 April 2018 are accepted free of charge.


Alternative hotel recommendations (booking directly via hotel website):

  • The Rennaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel (link)
  • Hotel Jen (link)

Organising Committee

John Xavier BUTLER
Lau, Horton & Wise LLP, in Association with CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP (HONG KONG)

Hafnia Law Firm (DENMARK)

Javier F. ZABALA

National Representatives

Robert RHODA
Dentons Hong Kong LLP (HONG KONG)