International Conference on Maritime Dispute Resolution

In Association with

  • Gujarat International Maritime Arbitration Centre (GIMAC)
  • Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)
  • Centre for Public International Law, Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)

About Gujarat Maritime University

Gujarat Maritime University is a bespoke institution for the advancement of Maritime education and research in India. The prime objective of the University is to be a global centre of excellence in maritime education, research, and training. It aims to enhance and increase the human capital and capacity of the maritime industry both in India and across the globe.

The University began its academic journey in the year 2019 and has established two schools so far namely, the School of Maritime Law, Policy and Administration, and School of Maritime Management. Moreover, various centres including the Centre for Executive Education, Centre for Maritime Dispute Resolution, Centre for Maritime Legal Studies, Centre for Maritime Labour Law, Centre for Maritime Environmental Law, and the Centre for Post-Graduate Legal studies have also been established. The University offers Diploma Programmes in law with specialisations in Maritime Law and International Trade Law. The University also offers short-term Executive Developments Programmes specially designed for working professionals.

International Conference on Maritime Dispute Resolution

Centre for Maritime Dispute Resolution, Gujarat Maritime University takes immense pride in announcing its First Annual  International Conference on Maritime Dispute Resolution. The Conference intends to act as an intellectual and productive knowledge-sharing space for all academia, researchers, students, industrialists, and enthusiasts of Maritime Law.

About the Conference

Ships are the largest man-made moving objects on the earth. About 90% of the goods are moved using these ships. The largest moving objects, carrying almost all kinds of cargo and undertaking dangerous voyages, ships are capable of causing huge damages, financial losses, and breaching laws nationally and internationally. Under most systems of law, the person amenable to a dispute arising out of a ship is the owner and demise-charterer, which is usually a company. The company may have been incorporated in any part of the world and having tangible assets other than the ship, which might be mortgaged. Hence, it makes adjudication of maritime legal disputes by litigation a complicated process. Further, Arbitration is also now a usual mechanism resorted to resolve maritime disputes and is being seen as more effective and expeditious than litigation but remains dominated only by few nations and comes with its limitations. Therefore, Gujarat Maritime University strives to bring to light various intricacies of Maritime Dispute Resolution through the International Conference on Maritime Dispute Resolution by providing a platform to researchers, scholars, academicians, professionals, and students to showcase their research.


A. The Settlement of Disputes under United Nations Law of the Sea Convention,1982

  1. State’s Obligations to settle Disputes Peacefully
  2. Compulsory Dispute Resolution Procedures and Binding Decisions
  3. ITLOS – Contentious, Non-Contentious, and Advisory Opinion
  4. ICJ as a Dispute Settlement Forum for Maritime Disputes
  5. Arbitration and Special Arbitration
  6. Disputes pertaining to Delimitation, Navigation, Marine Environment, Prompt Release, Fisheries, etc.
  7. Any other allied area related to the theme of the session.

B. Admiralty Jurisdiction

  1. Subject Matter Admiralty Jurisdiction
  2. Exercise of Maritime Jurisdiction
  3. Admiralty Jurisdiction in rem and in Personam
  4. Ship Arrest and Lein
  5. Any other allied area related to the theme of the session

C. Maritime Claims

  1. Procedure in an Admiralty Claim in Rem
  2. Ownership, Possession, Sale, Mortgage, Charge, and Maritime Lien
  3. Wages and Service Disputes of Seafarers
  4. Collision Claims
  5. Pollution Claims
  6. Limitation Claims
  7. Order of Priority
  8. Protection of Owner, Charterer, Manager, Operator, and Crew of Arrested Vessel
  9. Any other allied area related to the theme of the session

D. Maritime Arbitration

  1. Wet and Dry Shipping Dispute
  2. Preferred Seat for Maritime Arbitration
  3. Lex Maritima in the Changing World (with a reference to the influence of Jus Commune in Arbitration Law and Conflict of Laws)
  4. Role of National Courts in Maritime Arbitration
  5. Contemporary Challenges faced by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Comité Maritime International (CMI)
  6. Any other allied area related to the theme of the session

E. Future of Dispute Resolution

  1. Online Dispute Resolution ODR; e-ADR;  Virtual and e-Courts as per by NITI Aayog, 2020 initiative and its relevance in Maritime Dispute Resolution
  2. SAROD-Ports (Society for Affordable Redressal of Disputes – Ports, 2020)
  3. Growing Infrastructure Investment Dispute and the Need for Bespoke Dispute Resolution Mechanism
  4. Oceans, Climate Change and the Rights-Based Disputes
  5. Any other allied area related to the theme of the session


There will be one award for the best paper under each theme carrying a cash prize of INR 10,000/- and a certificate of appreciation. In case there are more than 10 papers received under a particular theme, a second prize shall be declared for that theme. The second prize will be carrying a cash prize of INR 5000/- and a certificate of appreciation.

Criteria of Awarding Best Paper

  • Originality

The originality of contribution to knowledge with an emphasis on the paper’s innovativeness in one or more of;

  1. theoretical development,
  2. results and findings or,
  3. policy developmentQuality of Argument
  • Quality of Argument

Quality of argument incorporating; critical analysis of concepts and consistency and coherency of debate.

  • Positioning

Clear positioning of paper in existing literature with a conclusion(s) that is both convincing and of significant potential.

  • Writing Style

Quality of writing style in terms of accuracy, clarity, readability, and organisation of the paper.

Registration Fees

There shall be no registration fees.

Who can attend

The conference is open to academicians, students, practitioners, personnel working within the maritime sector, stakeholders of the sector, and anyone interested in the subject area.


All the presenters and participants will be provided with certificates of participation.

Tentative Dates for the Conference: 29th and 30th October 2021

Call for Abstracts: 15th July 2021

Last date for Abstract submission: 31st August 2021

Confirmation of Acceptance: 10th September 2021

Last date of registration: 15th October 2021

Submission of full paper: 10th October 2021

Submission of PowerPoint presentation (optional): 25th October 2021

Submission Guidelines

  • Word Limit for Abstract submission: 150-200 words.
  • Abstract to be submitted via Google Form on the following link (Please note- The abstract should be attached in word file format):


  • During the submission of the abstract, the abstract should be saved by the name of the participant, Theme No. and Sub-theme. For example, ‘Harsha Dave Theme III A’Word limit for Paper: 2000-5000 words
  • The Paper shall have an introduction, main body, and conclusion.
    • The cover page of the research paper shall consist of the following:
    • Title of the Research paper,
    • Theme,
    • Sub-theme,
    • Details of the author: Name, Designation, Mobile No., Email ID, Postal Address.
  • The referencing style shall be Bluebook 20th Edition.
  • Formatting shall be as follows
    • Font: Times New Roman
    • Line Spacing: 1.5
    • Border: 1′ all sides
    • Title (Cover page) : 16 font-size
    • Sub titles, Theme and Sub theme (Cover page) : 14 font-size
    • Text (Main content) : 12 font-size
    • Footnote : 10 font-size
    • Heading 1: 16 font-size (first letter of the word in Uppercase)
    • Heading 2: 14 font-size (first letter of the word in capital)
    • Headings 3: 12 font-size (Italics)
  • Co-authorship is allowed up to two authors only.
  • Formatting and grammatical errors may lead to the disqualification of the paper outrightly.
  • All the papers shall be subject to the similarity index test.

Registration Link


  • Conference Patron: Prof. (Dr.) S. Shanthakumar, Director(I/C), Gujarat Maritime University & Director, Gujarat National Law University.
  • Conference Convenor: Mr. Waseem Ahmad Bhat, Assistant Professor, Gujarat Maritime University.
  • Conference Co-convenor: Ms. Vishwa Bhatt, Teaching and Research Associate, Gujarat Maritime University

For any query, please feel free to contact the organizing committee: cmdr@gmu.edu.in or call us +917923270517 (all working days 9 AM – 5 PM).

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