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 Professor William Tetley Award 2015

The Board of Directors of the CMLA, acting on the recommendations of the Selection Committee for the Professor William Tetley Award, has announced that the Award 2015 will be bestowed on Danielle Rheanne Scriven, of Dalhousie University, Halifax, for her excellent paper on "The Development of Ballast Water Management in Canada: A Critical Analysis of the Journey". The paper was submitted in November 2014 in partial fulfilment of the requirements for her Masters in Marine Management degree at Dalhousie. The Award, announced on the occasion of the William Tetley Memorial Symposium at the Faculty of Law of McGill University on June 19, 2015, will consist of the sum of $1,000. and a plaque, to be presented to Ms. Scriven in Halifax at an appropriate date to be determined, as well as a one-year membership in the CMLA. Hearty congratulations to the winner.

 Death of Roger Gifford

Stuart Hetherington, President of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has informed us of the recent death of Roger Gifford, one of the founders of the South African Maritime Law Association, who later served as its President for six years. He was a senior partner in the firm of Shepstone & Wylie, in a maritime law career stretching back to 1951.

 Frank Wiswall wins IMO International Maritime Prize 2015

Frank Wiswall, noted American maritime law jurist and author, has been awarded the IMO International Maritime Prize 2015. Congratulations to Mr. Wiswall, a good friend of a number of CMLA members. See Public Reports for official announcement by Stuart Hetherington, President of Comité Maritime International (CMI)

 CMI Assembly adopts York-Antwerp Rules 2016

The Comité Maritime International (CMI) at its 42nd Conference in New York City, adopted the York-Antwerp Rules 2016 at the Assembly session, held on May 6, 2016. The English text of those Rules is available on the CMI website at the hyperlink listed below.

 John G. O'Connor elected to CMI Executive Council

Former CMLA President and Honorary Life Member, John G. O'Connor of Quebec City, was elected to fill one of two vacant seats on the Executive Council of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at the Assembly of that body, held at the conclusion of its 42nd Conference in New York City on Friday, May 6, 2016. The Assembly thus endorsed the recommendation of the Nominating Committee. Mr. O'Connor's election to this prestigious position will ensure that Canada's voice will be heard in future CMI deliberations on matters of international maritime law. Hearty congratulations and good wishes to John on this well-deserved election.

 Nomination of John G. O'Connor for CMI Executive Council

The Nominating Committee of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), chaired by Madam Justice Johanne Gauthier of the Federal Court of Appeal, in its Report of March 21, 2016, has nominated John G. O’Connor of Canada to fill the current vacant position as Executive Councillor on the CMI’s Executive Council. It is significant that John’s nomination was supported by 12 of the 26 national maritime law associations that responded to the Nominating Committee’s letter soliciting NMLA views on the three candidates proposed to fill the vacancy concerned -- a larger number of NMLAs than supported either of the other two candidates. The letter from the Chair of the Nominating Committee further notes that John has contributed to the work of the CMI for many years, that he has expertise in both civil law and common law, as well as fluency in both French and English, and that his election would also be acceptable in terms of balanced geographical representation. John must still be elected as Executive Councillor by the General Assembly of the CMI at its meetings to be held in New York City in May next, but his nomination by the Nominating Committee reflects well, not only on him as a person and a jurist, but on Canada and the whole of the CMLA, of which he is the Immediate Past President. Please join in congratulating John O’Connor on his nomination and in wishing him a speedy confirmation in his position on the Executive Council when the matter is considered by the CMI’s General Assembly in New York in May. Robert C. Wilkins Secretary-Treasurer

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From April 23 to 25, 2018, Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey, will hold the 3rd International Symposium on Naval Architecture and Maritime (INT-NAM 2018). The Symposium will feature a Session dealing with Emerging Maritime Legal Questions. The Organizing Committee has issued a call for papers for that session, abstracts of which must be submitted, no later than July 21, 2017, to For further information, please consult the Sympo