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A fear of the future? Cases and remedies against the rise of unpredictability in international commerce and the shipping industry

The Transport and International Business Law Commissions are thrilled to invite you to join us in Valletta, Malta from June 13-15, 2024. Together, we will delve into the latest challenges shaping the commerce and transport sectors. Brace yourself for insightful discussions, expert insights, and an opportunity to network with industry leaders. And that's not all! An unforgettable sailing adventure awaits you as well. Save the dates and get set for an enriching seminar and an unforgettable journey!

The joint seminar will explore various dimensions affecting the supply chain, not just in hindsight, but also by focusing on potential future obstacles. We'll thoroughly examine these challenges, including an assessment of pre-contractual stages and the due diligence obligations set forth by national and supranational legislation like Supply Chain Acts and the European Green Deal. Additionally, we'll delve into the rising significance of sustainable finance for ensuring the stability of transactions and the business itself, alongside the repercussions of Europe's upcoming energy transition on commercial companies. Moreover, we'll address strategies to safeguard supply chains, including long-term contracts, nearshoring, and flexible logistics solutions. We will close the seminar by debating on how to enforce contracts in unpredictable times and the challenges faced in that regard.

The seminar will follow an interactive format that allows interaction among the attendees. Following the academic sessions, the participants will be briefed for the afternoons’ sailing activities where everyone, including first time sailors, will be actively involved in sailing the beautiful coast of Malta, ending with an awards ceremony, including a trophy for the winning team!

As a hub for international business and shipping, Malta's strategic location at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East makes it an ideal platform to delve into the intricacies of global trade and maritime legal developments. This enchanting Mediterranean island is a unique and captivating destination that offers an extraordinary and unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Moreover, Malta's renowned hospitality and welcoming spirit will make you feel right at home. Mark the date in your calendars and save your spot to compete for the first AIJA sailing trophy!

We look forward to welcoming you in Valletta!

AIJA Commissions involved
  • International Business Law (+ Sports Law)
  • Transport and Logistics Law Commission


Setting sails in turbulent times


12:00 - 13:30

Address: St Paul Street, Valletta VLT 1216, Malta
13:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

The Session will deal with the impact of new legal constraints on supply chains recently adopted in the "Euro Zone" and beyond

  • Kierstan L. Carlson, Blank Rome LLP, UNITED STATES
  • Giacomo Pailli, MPM Avvocati, ITALY
  • Christine Dempe, Brödermann Jahn Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH, GERMANY
  • Alessandro Paci, RPLT RP, ITALY
  • Bartosz Majerski, Kancelaria Prawna IURIDICA, POLAND
  • Anders Forkman, Advokatfirman Vinge KB, SWEDEN
15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

The Session will deal with the growing digitalisation of the transport industry and the connected cyber security risks

Moderator: Joana Mota Agostinho, Cuatrecasas, PORTUGAL

  • Marco Fehr, Fehr Legal Advice, SWITZERLAND
  • Hari Krishna, Nimble Legal Consulting FZE, DUBAI
  • Jorian Gunst, AKD, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Daria Rutecka, Schönherr Rechtsanwälte GmbH, POLAND
18:30 - 20:00


Address : Auberge d’Italie, Valletta, VLT1100, Malta


Address: St Paul Street, Valletta VLT 1216 , Malta
09:30 - 11:00

The Session will analyse financing of the transport industry and its most recent developments

Moderator: Hendrikje Herrmann, Esprit Europe GmbH, GERMANY

  • Filippo Cerboni, Studio Uccelli Montano, ITALY
  • Peter Grima, Fenech & Fenech Advocates, MALTA
  • Lucas Navarro, Watson Farley & Willliams, UNITED KINGDOM
  • Caroline Risiott, Ganado Advocates, MALTA
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 13:00

The Session will address the growing and wider impact of unpredictable events on supply and transport contracts and business, the use of risk management as a stragegy to identify and address risks, potential remedies (old and new) to such events and the role of insurance

Moderator: Gustavo Flausino Coelho, Bastilho Coelho Advogados, BRASIL

  • Dorian Gasser, Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG, SWITZERLAND
  • Francesco Gasparini, Studio Legale Mordiglia, ITALY
  • Pepijn Hamer, AKD, THE NETHERLANDS
  • Łukasz Chwalczuk, Kancelaria Prawna IURIDICA, POLAND
  • Geraldo Fonseca, Fonseca Vannucci Abreu, BRASIL
13:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 15:30

The Session will address the most recent developments in energy transition in Europe, from legal and practical perspectives

Moderator: Giovanni Patti, Abbatescianni studio legale e tributario, ITALY

  • Nikolai Lubrano, Ganado Advocates, MALTA
  • Leonora Kamps, Ahlers & Vogel Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB, GERMANY
  • Federico Serra, Studio Legale Serra, ITALY
  • Judith Hasler, Ospelt & Partner Rechtsanwälte AG, LIECHTENSTEIN
15:30 - 15:50

15:50 - 17:20

The Session is intended to offer a wide overview on how unpredicted events are currently managed/negotiated in due course of contracts of transport, and, in case negotiations fails, to share experiences from case-law in mediation/litigation/arbitration and the like; furthermore, the Session might also encompass contributions form the insolvency world, on how the above issues are managed from the insolvency perspective

  • Pierpaolo Vinci, Vinci Studio Legale, ITALY
  • Georgia Pappa, Timagenis Law Firm, GREECE
  • Johan Mielow Eriksen, Hafnia LLP, DENMARK
  • Christian Hochstrasser, ThomannFischer Advokatur und Notariat, SWITZERLAND
  • Frederico Mendes Vianna F. Cardoso, Kincaid Mendes Vianna Advogados, BRASIL
  • Morgane Roussel, Richemont Delviso, FRANCE
  • Julia Glocke, Ehlermann Rindfleisch Gadow, GERMANY
17:20 - 18:00


Departure at 7pm to enjoy the fortress before having dinner.
  • For the people staying at the La Falconeria, the pick-up point is from the Independence Monument (10 min walk).
  • For the people staying at the Palais Le Brun, the pick-up point is Jews Sally Port (2 min walk).
  • For the people staying at the Gomerino, the pick-up is at the Great Siege Bell  (6 min walk).


Address: 7, Holy Cross Street, Mdina MDN 1231, Malta

Let's enjoy a last stroll after having dinner before heading back to Valletta.

Please notice that the drop-off points will be the same as the outward journey.


  • For the people staying at the La Falconeria, the pick-up point is from the Independence Monument (10 min walk).
  • For the people staying at the Palais Le Brun, the pick-up point is Jews Sally Port (2 min walk).
  • For the people staying at the Gomerino, the pick-up is at the Great Siege Bell (6 min walk).

No delays will be accepted in order to start the boat trip on time.
09:30 - 18:00

Included in the registration fee.
Please be aware that the return time may vary.

Please notice that the drop-off points will be the same as the outward journey.

Not included in the registration fee, payable locally

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

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Prepare your stay


The Organising Committee has successfully negotiated a generous 23% discount on the standard rates at the three hotels listed below.

All are conveniently situated near the seminar venue.

To benefit from this fantastic offer, simply enter the promo code AIJA2024 during the booking process, and the discount will be applied automatically.

If the above offer does not meet your requirements in terms of price or location, you can explore alternative venues here

Practical Information

Seminar venue

We are pleased to announce that the sessions of the upcoming seminar will be held at the prestigious University of Malta's Valletta Campus. This stunning campus, situated in the heart of Valletta, offers a conducive and inspiring environment for our event.

The Valletta Campus has two entrances, one on St Paul Street and another on Merchants Street.

Dress Code

To all participants attending the sessions, we recommend a business formal dress code.

To all participants attending Thursday's and Friday's dinners, we recommend a business casual dress code.

As for Saturday's regatta activity, we recommend a comfy dress code. 

Please ensure you bring these essential items: 

  • sunblock
  • towel
  • hat
  • swimwear
  • closed-toe shoes instead of flip-flops

Be also aware that the temperature will be around 40° C (104° F) so stay hydrated and wear thin clothes! 

Organising Committee

Hendrikje HERRMANN Lebuhn & Puchta Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten und Solicitor mbB (GERMANY)
Giacomo PAILLI MPM avvocati (ITALY)
Marcus RIZZO NAUDI Ganado Advocates (MALTA)
Jan ROSSI Ganado Advocates (MALTA)
Pierpaolo VINCI Studio Legale VINCI (ITALY)
Felix YUEN Fruba IP Consulting OÜ (ESTONIA)


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