Event Overview


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The fall seminar of the AIJA Transport Law Comission (TLC) is to take place in the beautiful city of Marseille. This year we will be “Sailing the digital Wave”. With the chosen subject we want to explore the (legal) impact of digitalization in the transport and trade sector. Autonomous vessels, autonomous trucks, loading and unloading of cargo without the involvement of men, release of cargo via pin code - for some the distant future, for others a present fact. Does anyone really know what blockchain and its implications are? Or how to insure a vessel of which the captain is a computer? Who is liable in case of an accident? We will be speaking about these and other key topics during the seminar.

As usually, our members will be on the panel to discuss the legal impact of the matter. However, considering the technicality of the matter this year, we have also invited people from the business world to address our participants: parties working in the blockchain industry, a master of vessels and a ship owner. We truly believe that this will be a unique event in the history of the AIJA Transport Law Commission.

And, not to forget the venue:

Marseille is the second largest city in France. It has its own culture and is proud of it. It is the most important trading center in the south of France, especially with regards to shipping activities as it is, among others, the city where CMA CGM has its headquarters. Marseille is continuously changing. Besides, it offers a wide range of leisure activities (bars, restaurants, clubs, museums, theatres, hiking in the Calanques or sailing on the Mediterranean Sea). Marseille is a city always in movement. Dynamic as it is, it's a perfect host to a seminar with an equally dynamic topic.

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Transport and Logistics Law Commission


Shipping 4.0: Sailing the Digital Wave

18:30 - 19:30

19:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 22:00


Not included in the registration fees, payable locally


09:00 - 09:30

Xavier Costa Arnau, AIJA President, Roca Junyent, Spain
09:30 - 11:00

Jeremy Herschaft, Blank Rome, US
Frank Farhana, Delviso-Avocats, France on 'Blockchain and Bills of lading'
Wendy van den Nouland, Van Traa, the Netherlands on 'Blockchain in logistics and transportation'
Franck Kayser, Shipmanagement West at V-Group, UK
Magnus Jones, Ernst & Young, Norway on 'Blockchain – From concept to reality'
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

Lucas Leite Marques, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados, Brazil
Bahar Sayhan Gulyás, Sayhan Law, Turkey on 'Electronic docs, a Turkish perspective'
Hendrikje Herrmann, Ahlers & Vogel, Germany on 'Delivery under CMR with electronic docs'
Mateus Andrade Dias, Andrade Dias & Associados, Portugal on 'Port And Logistics Unique Window'
Julien Chapus, OKARGO, France on 'Digitalization of shipping purchases (cargo’s point of view)'
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

Déhia Djahnine, Favarel & Associés, France
Edmund Sweetman, Meana Green Maura & Co, Spain
Sinan Senol, Erçin Bilgin Bektaşoğlu Law, Turkey on 'Cyber-risk policy'
Giedrius Abromavičius, COBALT, Lithuania on 'Lithuanian perspective on the use of platforms for shippers and carriers'
Jennifer Hoovers, Van Steenderen, the Netherlands on 'How the port of Rotterdam is handling cyber security and all its challenges'
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

Sébastien Lootgieter,  Villeneau Rohart Simon, France
Béatrice Favarel, Favarel & Associés, France on 'COLREGS, SOLAS and autonomous vessels: Where do we stand?'
Pedro Calmon Neto, Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados, Brazil on 'The importance of an International Regulation related to autonomous ships'
20:00 - 22:00

Address: 34 Boulevard Charles Livon, 13007 Marseille, France

Address: 2 Quai de la Tourette, 13002 Marseille, France

09:30 - 11:00

Ansam El Okbani, Delviso Avocats, France
Danielle Quaini, captain, CMA CGM on 'A former Master on board CMA CGM ships'
Diego San Simón, San Simón & Duch, spain on 'The Spanish perspective and the main legal issues faced'
Tim Schommer, Ince & Co, Germany on 'The legal position in Germany compared with the car industry, and a look into the conflict of law issues with a focus on the European legal position'
Christian Bjørtuft Ellingsen, Simonsen Vogt Wiig, Norway on 'The world's first autonomous container vessel project'
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

Cherry Almeida, Alius Law, the Netherlands
Robert Hoepel, AKD, the Netherlands
Victor Mata, Thomas Cooper, Spain
Duncan Ealand, Campbell Johnston Clark, UK
Tom van Achter, Elegis, the Netherlands
13:00 - 14:00

15:00 - 18:00

Visit of Le Panier quarter (old town) and the MUCEM (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations)

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

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Please book your accommodation a the InterContinental Marseille Hotel using this form:

InterContinental Marseille - Booking Form - AIJA

Note: the discounted AIJA rate is accessible on a first come, first served basis.

Hotel address: 1 Place Daviel, 13002 Marseille, France


Organising Committee

Cherry ALMEIDA Caland Advocaten (NETHERLANDS)
Sébastien LOOTGIETER Villeneau Rohart Simon & Associés (FRANCE)
Lucas MARQUES Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados (BRAZIL)


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