ICMA draws a global attendance of prominent representatives of the international shipping industry, arbitrators and attorneys. Over fifty leading experts representing the world’s major maritime nations are confirmed for ICMA 2012 and will be addressing the most timely issues facing the industry such as piracy, shipbuilding disputes, security for maritime claims subject to arbitration, jurisdictional and enforcement issues.


1. Contemporary Problems Involving Piracy and War Risks
A. Disputes between Parties to the Venture (Off Hire, Routing)
B. Disputes between Underwriters (Hull, P&l, K&R, War Risks)
C. General Average and Piracy at the Gulf of Aden
D. International Regulatory Agencies/US Office of Foreign Assets Control
2. General Charter Party Issues
A. Delivery/Redelivery
B. Demurrage/laytime/offhire
C. Deviation/Offhire
D. Hardship and Exemption Clauses
E. Freight and Hire
F. Performance Claims
G. Tanker vetting procedures
H. Withdrawl/termination
I. Nuclear Contamination – cargo damage, deviation/liberties clauses, radioactive contamination exclusion (Race Clauses), safe port; laytime exceptions; force majeure
3. User Panel – Frustration and Discontent with Maritime Arbitration
A. P&I Club representative
B. Shipowner representative
C. Cargo underwriter representative
D. Charterer representative
4. Miscellaneous Arbitral Procedures Panel I
A. “Lack of Jurisdiction — What recourse if an Arbitral Tribunal Declines to Proceed?”
B. Insuring the Lives of Arbitrators Against Duplicate Costs to the Parties Arising From Arbitrator Death, Incapacity or Resignation
C. Advantages and disadvantages of consecutive as opposed to serial hearings – (discovery, delay, etc.)
D. Powers of Arbitrators to Order Security for Claims and Costs
E. Mediation and Other Forms of ADR in Arbitration Proceedings
5. Miscellaneous Arbitral Procedures – Panel II
A. Use of witness statements in lieu of direct testimony/tender witness for cross-examination
B. Joint questioning of expert witnesses (hot tub)
C. Standards which arbitrators should apply in considering whether to recuse [themselves] [each other]
D. Recourse for an unreasonable delay by arbitrators in issuing their award.
1. Arbitration Clauses
A. Arbitration clauses in contracts of adhesion
B. Incorporating an arbitration clause from one contract into another contract by reference, when all of the companies are not parties to both contracts.
C. Multi-party Arbitration
2. Use of Arbitration to Resolve Disputes
A. In Maritime Environmental Pollution Cases
B. Under contracts between a shipowner and a shipyard
3. Arbitrators
A. Work permits for foreign arbitrators and/or advocates at the seat of the arbitration
B. Challenge to an Arbitrator for bias
4. Award
A. Which “law” are arbitrators bound to follow in deciding a dispute?
B. Publication of awards
C. Kompetenz-Kompetenz
D. Apportionment of attorneys fees when both parties have prevailed on some issues
5. Court Involvement
A. Court intervention in connection with arbitration proceedings (discovery, bias, etc.)
B. Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards under the New York Convention
C. Foreclosing liens on sub-freights in collections of awards
6. Evidence
A. Obtaining evidence from witnesses abroad for use in arbitration
B. “Without prejudice” communications
C. Classifying written terms by resort to precontractual negotiations
7. Issues arising from Financial Turbulence in the Marketplace
A. Non-Performance of Charter Parties, COAs, Shipbuilding Contracts, Purchase-Sale Agreements & Commodity Sales Contracts
B. Force Majeure, Economic Frustration, Impossibility of Performance
C. Discussion of Civil Code and Common Law Views of the Doctrine of “Changed Circumstances
D. Bankruptcy, Reorganization, Creditors’ Rights, Workouts
8. International Conventions and National Statutes
A. ROME-Il Convention; matters of public policy for denial of enforcement of foreign awards
B. Revision of the New York Convention
C. Application of the Rome I Regulation 593/2008 to Maritime Contracts between Parties not all of whom from EU Countries?
D. Hong Kong’s New Arbitration Ordinance
E. The New Admiralty Jurisdiction Procedure Rules in Nigeria


David Martowski – Chairman
Canada Peter Bernard (Vancouver)
John Weale (Montreal)
Denmark Peter Schaumburg-Müller
France Professor Philippe Delebecque
Germany Dr. Christoph Hasche
Greece Roger Moisey
Japan Toshio (Sammy) Matsumoto
Nigeria Emmanuel Dike
People’s Republic of China Cai Hongda
Ernest Yang
Russian Federation Professor Sergei Lebedev
Singapore Govind Asokan
Spain José Maria Alcantara
United Kingdom Ian Gaunt, Hon. Secretary, LMAA
USA Michael Marks-Cohen
LeRoy Lambert