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  • Imperium Juris: Governance, Trade, Resources

  • In my capacity as Chairman of the Organising Committee, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the ILA Regional Conference 2013 in Athens.

    In 2012, the Hellenic Branch of the ILA took a risky initiative to propose the organisation of this Conference in Greece, although it could not be ruled out at the time that Greece might have to leave the Eurozone, an eventuality which would put the initiative in danger. Nevertheless, we were proven right, since the current prospects for the Greek economy are positive, and the Conference will take place against the backdrop of political, social and economic stability, despite some underlying problems.

    I am confident that this Conference will be of value to the academic community in the field of public and private international law, given that several prominent academics will be among its participants. The Conference will focus on the following issues: Governance, Trade, Resources, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and legal issues on sovereign debt.

    Assistant Professor Maria Gavouneli, Head of the Programme Committee of the Organising Committee, has produced, under my guidance, a comprehensive academic programme, having managed to include, in a balanced way, prominent members of international and Greek academia, as well as distinguished practitioners. I am particularly grateful both to her, for her most valuable contribution, and to the other members of the Organising Committee, for their significant assistance.

    The Conference is being held in the premises of the European Public Law Organisation (EPLO), close to Cape Sounion, the only international organisation headquartered in Greece. The contribution of the EPLO Directorate and Secretariat has been definitely decisive for the excellent organisation of this Conference.

    Please note that several social activities will be held during the Conference, including a visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and the Acropolis Museum, both prime embodiments of some of the greatest values of Greek culture.

    Last but not least, I would like to cordially thank the sponsors of the Conference, whose support has enabled us to make it more successful.

    I hope that you enjoy your stay in the region of Athens during the Conference and I am looking forward to meeting you in person.

    Associate Professor Christos Gortsos Chairman, Organising Committee

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    Welcoming address

  • Dr. Anastasios Gourgourinis National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Dr. Efthymios Papastavridis Democritus University of Thrace

    Matina Papadaki Research Fellow, Academy of Athens

    Dr. Markos Karavias Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change

    Dr. Panos Merkouris University of Groningen

    Sotiris Lekkas British Institute of International & Comparative Law

    Eva Tzavala Stephania Vlachou Eleni Antoniadou

    Mariella Apostolaki Eleni Methimaki Antigoni Mathaiou Konstantina Maniati

    Conference Secretariat

    EPLO Ariadne Kopidaki Alessia Fiumi Niki Kostopoulou Stamatis Kythreotis Alexia Mitsikostas Cheryl Novak Matina Ventura

    HBA Kristi Kakomanoli Ioanna Politi

    Our Team

    Website designed by Dimitris Varos & Justino de Chavez (EPLO) Programme designed by Tina Stamatopoulou & edited by Haris Gotzi (HBA)

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  • Dear friends and colleagues,

    We are delighted to welcome you at the ILA Regional Conference 2013 at Cape Sounion for three days of reflexion by the sea under the general theme:

    Imperium Juris: Governance, Trade, Resources

    In this Regional Conference, aptly taking place at the crossroads between the developed and the emerging world in times of global crisis, we intend to concentrate on the Rule of Law as manifested in the areas of Trade and Resources and their related Governance issues.

    It is in this context that we intend to explore in this Regional Conference cutting-edge issues within each field but also questions arising from the interplay between them. Trade will concentrate on two ever-topical areas. The WTO offers an excellent example of a self-contained regime, encompassing a wide array of activities within a single institutional framework, complete with its own dispute settlement system. Shipping, on the other hand, offers the archetype of a decentralised yet universal system, which manages to provide effective solutions to evolving problems with a minimum of enforcement requirements. How these two faces of reality in trade project into a more comprehensive system of trade governance is the natural query arising from their parallel development and invites further reflexion. Recourses offer a much less regulated environment and a far greater potential for the concurrent application of different, often widely diverse and occasionally contradictory sets of rules. As their market share increases, so does the role they are called to play in world affairs – and commensurably their significance and normative impact as well. Governance will provide both the background discussion on the architecture of international law and the prospects of further development or, more modestly, simply covering the fissures of a system bursting at the seams.

    We consider our chosen subject a theme specific enough and yet conducive to a holistic approach, reflecting the background of general international law, private and public, against which Trade, Resources and their Governance operate. We invite academics and practitioners to contribute their experience and expertise on the matter and join the members of ILA Committees and Study Groups in further exploring areas of cross-fertilization in these important and continuously evolving fields.

    Maria Gavouneli National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Programme Committee

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  • The International Law Association was founded in Brussels in 1873. Its objectives, under its Constitution, are “the study, clarification and development of international law, both public and private, and the furtherance of international understand- ing and respect for international law”. The ILA has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies.

    The activities of the ILA are organised by the Executive Council, assisted by the Headquarters Secretariat in London. Member- ship of the Association, at present about 3,500, is spread among Branches throughout the world. The Association’s objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its International Commit- tees, and the focal point of its activities is the series of Biennial Conferences. The Conferences, of which 74 have so far been held in different locations throughout the world, provide a forum for the comprehensive discussion and endorsement of the work of the Committees.

    President Professor Alexander Yankov

    Chair, Executive Council The Rt Hon. The Lord Mance

    Vice-Chair, Executive Council Dr. Kamal Hossain Mr P.B. Mauleverer Professor Cynthia Lichtenstein

    Treasurer Professor Torsten Stein

    Director of Studies Professor Marcel M.T.A. Brus

    Secretary General Mr David J.C. Wyld

    ILA Secretariat Juliet Fussell Natalie Pryer

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    Hellenic Branch of the International Law Association

    International Law Association

    The Hellenic Branch was one of the oldest branches of the International Law Association (ILA), first established in 1911. It took its present form in 1998, when it was incorporated as an association under Greek law. Today, it brings together international lawyers, academics and practitioners alike in Greece and abroad.

    Board of Directors

    President Photini Pazartzis National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Vice-President Christos Gortsos Panteion University of Athens Secretary-General Anastasia Strati Ministry of Foreign Affairs Treasurer Maria Gavouneli National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Members Constantine Antonopoulos Democritus University of Thrace Kalliopi Koufa Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Elina Moustaira National & Kapodistrian University of Athens Stelios Perrakis Panteion University of Athens Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos Judge, European Court of Human Rights, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

    Past President † Arghyrios Fatouros, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

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  • Message from the President of the ILA Hellenic Branch

    The Hellenic Branch is delighted to welcome you to the ILA Regional Conference 2013, the first event of this kind to be hosted in Greece. During our long history of involvement with the ILA, our members have been very active in the work of Committees and Study Groups, contributing over the years to the objectives of the Association and to the development of international law in general. This Conference provides an excellent opportunity to further strengthen our ties with ILA Headquarters, as well as with other branches, and to enrich dialogue between participants.

    The 2013 Regional Conference aims to concentrate on some manifestations of the rule of law, with particular reference to Governance, Trade and Resources. These areas are at the heart of current developme