Centre for Maritime Law (CML)


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The National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO) established the Centre for Maritime Law in 2015 with an aim to build a center of excellence and research in the field of maritime law in India.

The Centre identifies, first and foremost, that the statutes which govern maritime law were adapted from foreign states and these statutes do not address the concerns pertaining to the field appropriately, as the Indian trade practices are relatively different from those foreign states. Also, under the Indian maritime law regime, there has been a lack of timely amendments and proper implementation and hence most of the laws are outdated and are not equipped to deal with modern complications. The Centre is currently working on Indian statutes, case laws, international treaties and conventions pertaining to maritime law and seeks to crystallize the current maritime jurisprudence in India.

Vision:

The Centre aims to form a nexus between maritime law and the shipping industry while focusing on the sustainability of marine environment and to operate within the campus community and at national as well as international levels to influence maritime initiatives, strategic research directions and policies.

Mission:

  • To advocate the importance of maritime law by engaging in public discourses.
  • To cultivate an atmosphere that inspires, challenges and improves members’ awareness, skills and abilities through persistent learning.
  • To facilitate policy-based research in a holistic manner, broaden the awareness of the value of maritime research and support strong infrastructure for interdisciplinary research.
  • To promote international outreach and build an extensive network of distinguished individuals from both the maritime industry and maritime enthusiasts.

Core Values:

Integrity: To act sincerely, diligently and carry out all the responsibilities in the most ethical manner. In all our collaborations and projects, we will be fair and above board.

Inclusivity: To ensure a diverse and all-inclusive environment for everyone associated with the centre.

Innovation: To treat problem solving and work tasks with ingenuity and to never stop learning. 

Efficiency: To ensure completion of tasks, on time and successfully. 

Transparency: To promote open dialogue and provide access to information.

Teamwork: To promote teamwork and evoke a sense of unity among the members of the centre.

Forward Thinking: Be constructive and foresighted in order to remain relevant, productive and competitive.

Sustainability: Support the sustainable development goals and actions relating to the maritime and ocean sectors.

Leadership: The willingness to take initiative and work with regulators and marine industry on projects that can effectively promote maritime safety and protect the environment

Quality Performance: To ensure the members’ commitment to identify and conform to the highest quality standards.

 

Prof. (Dr.) Yogesh Pratap Singh, Vice-Chancellor (I/C), NLU Odisha

Dr. Ananya Chakrobarty, Faculty Advisor, Centre for Maritime Law 

Ms. Anurupa Chetia, Faculty Advisor, Centre for Maritime Law.

The team members of the Centre for the academic session 2020-2021 are:

  • Adrija Guhathakurta,
  • Anamika,
  • Arjun Tyagi
  • Armaan Arora
  • Avni Sharma
  • Harsha Tiwari
  • Kaushik Das
  • Parul Pradhan
  • Prajna Dasmohapatra
  • Shashank Chaturvedi
  • Shivangi Banerjee
  • Swikruti Mohanty
  • Varuni Agarwal.

The Centre successfully organised 1st International Conference on Maritime Law on February 22-23, 2020, in partnership with Paradip Port Trust and HP Law Advocates. The theme of the Conference was “Reshaping the New Horizons: Maritime Law Perspective in 21st Century” keeping in mind the current trends of the contemporary Maritime Industry. The conference was sponsored by many esteemed organisations like Indian National Shipowner’s Association (INSA), Campbell Johnson Clark. London (U.K.), Dhamra Port, J.M. Baxi, United Maritime Law Chambers, Kochi & SCC Online. Limelight of the Conference can be defined by the presence of Shri Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping, Ministry of Shipping, Government of India in the valedictory session to felicitate the winners of the Conference.

 

The Centre has edited and published the edited book titled ‘Through the Lens of Maritime Law: A World View’. The book contains editorial chapters by scholars from all across the globe. The book was unveiled during the valedictory ceremony of 1st International Conference of Maritime Law by the esteemed panellists. The book is now available for purchase on EBC Online bookstore.

 

The Centre has released its e-newsletter ‘MariNe, News of the Sea’, which encloses recent developments and research in the field. “MariNe” stands for ‘Maritime News’ and is the official e-newsletter of the Centre. The first edition was published on 19th August, 2020.

 

The Centre also unveiled CML-NLUO blog in April 2019, exclusively for the study and research on Maritime Laws and growing shipping industry in India. The Centre through this blog intends to provide with the latest developments in the Indian Maritime industry as well as the recent updates about the admiralty law in India.

 

On the occasion of World Ocean Day on June 8, 2020, the Centre invited submissions to the blog to engage in high-quality discussion on the legal analysis of recent maritime developments across the nation as well as the globe. 

 

With the view of increasing interest and creating awareness in the field of maritime law, the Centre in collaboration with Ganesh & Co, Mumbai had organized 1st NLUO – Ganesh & Co. National Essay Writing Competition on Maritime Law, 2019. The Centre encouraged scholarly discussion among the students from the field of maritime law by way of the competition.

 

Furthermore, the Centre successfully conducted an interactive webinar on ‘Dimensions and Opportunities in Maritime Law’ on July 29, 2020 with three eminent speakers on board, including Advocate (Capt.) Alex Antony, Ms. Pratikalpa Sharma and Mr. Aishwarye Dubey. The session, in particular, dived in the theme of experiences and practicalities involved in Maritime Law, as well as the academic research and professional areas related to the field of study, received participation of over 500 attendees.

 

In May 2020, the Centre initiated 4 episodes of interviews with honourable guests including Mr. Hari Narayan, Dr. Julia Constantino Chagas Lessa, Capt. Mirza M. Baig and Mr. Joy Thatill. The speakers covered pertinent issues with relation to technical developments, global shipping industry and the impact of COVID-19 on Maritime Laws among other crucial points of discussion.

The Centre has edited and published the edited book titled ‘Through the Lens of Maritime Law: A World View’. The book contains editorial chapters by scholars from all across the globe. The book was unveiled during the valedictory ceremony of 1st International Conference of Maritime Law by the esteemed panellists. The book is now available for purchase on EBC Online bookstore.

The Centre has released its e-newsletter ‘MariNe, News of the Sea’, which encloses recent developments and research in the field. “MariNe” stands for ‘Maritime News’ and is the official e-newsletter of the Centre. The first, second and third edition of the newsletter is already out.

For any inquiry drop us an e-mail on cml@nluo.ac.in