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ICMA XXI Call for Papers

Proposals to present papers at ICMA XXI are now invited. Papers on any subject matter relevant to the practice of maritime law and maritime arbitration of both a procedural or substantive nature are invited.


Papers will be presented in both plenary and parallel sessions, each made up of a panel of speakers.


Speakers will be invited from the international maritime and arbitration community to present, at plenary sessions, papers on subject matters of significant general interest. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to receive an invitation to write a paper for a plenary session, please promptly notify the Committee Chair, Daniella Horton, at or any Committee member.


Papers to be presented in parallel sessions will be those dealing with more specialized subject matter than those presented in the plenary sessions.


Each speaker will be given 15 minutes to present the most interesting aspect of his/her paper likely to generate lively discussion amongst the speakers, panel members and fellow delegates.


Word template for final paper submission:  



Link to upload your final paper: Here


Notification of acceptance of papers will be sent by email by 27 September 2019 with information as to their required format and layout.


Papers selected for presentation will be required to be submitted by 18 November 2019.


Email enquiries should be directed to the Committee Chair, Daniella Horton or to any Member of the Committee, whose email contacts appear here

Suggested categories of topics


  • Contemporary national maritime/commodity arbitration matters including costs issues

  • Procedural maritime/commodity arbitration issues 

  • Contemporary shipping problems including new regulation, insolvency, obtaining security

  •  Charterparty issues

  •  Commodities contracts, bills of lading and cargo issues

  •  Contractual issues including measure of damages

  •  Ship sales, shipbuilding and offshore issues

  •  Insurance issues

  •  New technologies issues including AI, blockchain, big data

All presenters will be required to register as delegates at the conference, noting that the early bird registration fee expires on October 10th 2019.

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