Ladies and Gentlemen,
As president of the China Maritime Law Association, I am very honored to welcome you to the 9th International Conference on Maritime Law, which will be held from October 28th to 31st, 2018 in Shanghai, the beautiful Oriental Pearl.
The International Conference on Maritime Law is a conventional event in the field of maritime law. With a history of more than 20 years, it serves as a good platformholding discussions of the up-to-date theories and hot issues, and provides opportunities for academic exchanges for experts, scholars, judges and practitioners all around the world. This year, the conference is hosted by China Maritime Law Association, organized by Shanghai Maritime University, with joint efforts from the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, China Cosco Shipping Group, China Merchants Group, the People's Insurance Company Group of China Limited and the Maritime Committee of All China Lawyers Association.
Chinais now fully implementing the Belt and Road Initiative, the Powerful Marine State Strategy and actively building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. This fuels the development of the world economy, brings great opportunities for the shipping industry, the legal community and for improving internationalmaritime law.
This Conference will be a great event forthe exchange of knowledge. The topics are hot issues of maritime law, which include the improvement of the Chinese Maritime Code, ship financing security and cross-border insolvency, prospects of the Rotterdam Rules at its 10th anniversary, protection of cruise ship passengers’ rights and interests, protection of rights of seafarers, marine environmental protection, polar shipping and maritime safety, free trade ports and integrated transport, and innovation of maritime dispute resolution mechanisms, etc. We believe that this conference will help advance researches and practices ofmaritime laws around the world.
Ladies and gentlemen, exchanges enhance friendship, discussionsbear fruits. We sincerely hope that all friends from the international shipping industry and legal community will join this conference, deepen understanding, strengthen ties, increase cooperation,contribute ideas and efforts to the improvement of international maritime legal system and explore the possibility of unifying maritime laws around the world despite their diversity.
On behalf of the China Maritime Law Association, I would like to welcome all of you once againand see you along the beautiful Huangpu River in this autumn!
President of China Maritime Law Association