Centre for Commercial Law


UCL Autonomous Shipping Project to co-host a Conference

11 October 2021

UCL Autonomous Shipping Project to co-host a Conference exploring the Liability and Contractual Issues associated with Autonomous Shipping

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The UCL Autonomous Shipping Project will be co-hosting, with the internationally renowned Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University, a Conference to explore the various private law liability and contractual issues associated with the use of autonomous ships.

This is a very topical issue as autonomous merchant vessels are likely to enter commercial service in the near future. Tensions will inevitably arise as the familiar rules of shipping law are applied to vessels which are controlled from onshore or are entirely autonomous, as opposed to controlled by an onboard crew.

The speakers and chairpersons at the Conference are drawn from a group of established scholars and practitioners. In particular, Dr Melis Özdel, Director of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law and Project Leader at the UCL Autonomous Shipping Project, and Sir Richard Aikens, part of the Project’s research group, will be contributing.

The Conference will take place on Wednesday 27 October from 2:00-6:00pm at UCL Faculty of Laws, Bentham House.

More information about the event can be found on the UCL Events Page and in the conference flyer (PDF).

If you would like to attend the Conference, please book your place via Eventbrite.

If you have any queries, please contact the UCL Laws Events Team by email at laws-events@ucl.ac.uk .