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UCL Autonomous Shipping Project Interviews Paul Dean

25 October 2021

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In the second of a series of interviews involving experts in the fields of autonomous shipping and artificial intelligence, the UCL Autonomous Shipping Project has interviewed Paul Dean, Global Head of Shipping at international law firm HFW. The interview can be accessed via the UCL Laws YouTube Channel or through the Project’s website.

Project Leader Dr Melis Özdel and Project Editor Olivia Tolson were honoured to speak to Paul who has been recognised by Lloyd’s List as one of the top 100 most influential people in the maritime industry. Further, Paul contributes to HFW’s briefings on Autonomous Ships and recently co-wrote a chapter for the book New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in the 21st Century (Routledge, 2021).

During the interview, Paul discusses how autonomous ships may impact the work of maritime law practitioners in the future, the cyber risk associated with their use, and when the right time to regulate autonomous shipping might be.

Anyone who wishes to engage with the discussion is encouraged to comment on the Project website or on the YouTube video.