Mexico Colloquium 2019

29 September 2019 - 02 October 2019

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— The 2019 Assembly of the CMI took place in Mexico City, Mexico on the afternoon of Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, preceded by a two-day colloquium organized jointly by the CMI and the Mexican MLA. This is in accord with the tradition and historical format of holding a full international Conference only once every four years, with Seminars and Colloquia in intermediate years, coinciding with our annual Assembly. The next Conference will be in  Tokyo, Japan in 2020.

As many of you know, Mexico City is a cosmopolitan city with a long and layered history, and world-class museums, restaurants and hotels. The programme for Mexico City begins with a welcome cocktail reception for delegates and their partners at the Camino Real Hotel in Polanco, and elegant and iconic hotel-museum designed by the renown and late architect Ricardo Legorreta, which is a short walk from some of the City’s trendiest boutiques and best restaurants, and close to Chapultepec Park and Castle, as well as the world-famous Museum of Anthropology.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Camino Real Hotel, where the Assembly and Colloquium programme will take place. Topics to be discussed during the Colloquium will include the offshore energy industry 40 years post-IXTOC I, women in today’s shipping world, the future of maritime lawyers, cybercrime and insurance coverage issues, and whether it is time for Latin American Governments to ratify the Civil Liability, IOPC Fund and HNS Conventions. We are including a number of Young CMI speakers in the substantive programme and sessions to ensure yCMI members can attend the Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, 2nd October 2019 (this will be a departure from prior CMI Seminars and Colloquia where the yCMI programme was held at the same time as the Assembly).

There will be a break in the Colloquium programme after the Tuesday morning session on 1st October 2019, to allow delegates and their partners to visit the ancient city of Teotihuacan (and the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon), a UNESCO World heritage site which, according to historians, was the largest city in the Western Hemisphere prior to the Fifteenth Century. Teotihuacan is a short one-hour drive from Mexico City, where we will have lunch before touring the archeological site.

The Colloquium will conclude with the traditional Gala Dinner for delegates and their partners which will take place on Wednesday evening, 2nd October 2019, at Hacienda de los Morales, one of Mexico’s finest restaurants which exudes Spanish colonial architecture and old world charm. We have set up an event website at where you will find the current programme with details of the sessions and speakers. The site will be expanded and updated as more detail becomes available. The CMI’s Executive Council holds its annual meeting on Sunday, 29 September 2019, the day before the start of the Colloquium. We anticipate that meetings of some CMI International Working Groups and International Standing Committees will take place before, during or after the Colloquium. If you are an IWG or ISC Chair and would like to reserve a venue for a meeting of your committee, please contact the CMI Secretary General.

Beginning on April 1st 2019, you will be able to register for the Colloquium via the CMI event site for yourself as delegate and for your partner as an Accompanied Person, and to book a hotel from those listed. Please note “early bird” registration will close at midnight GMT on 31 May 2019.

Mexico City is awaiting to charm and enchant you, and we look forward to seeing all of you at the Assembly and Colloquium. And of course, there will be pre- and post-event tours available  to some of the other wonderful cities, fascinating archaeological sites, and beautiful beaches Mexico has to offer. The event’s designated tour agency, In World Travel Agency ( and tour executives Juanita Cortez ( and Lourdes Zugarazo ( will be happy to assist you in making bookings for tours, both before and after the Colloquium.

We look forward to welcoming you to Mexico City.

Christopher O. Davis Rosalie Balkin Ignacio L. Melo
CMI President  CMI Secretary-General  President Mexican MLA


Program highlights

  • Sunday September 29th 10:00 - 19:00 hours


  • Sunday September 29th 18:00 - 20:00 hours

    Welcome Cocktail

    Hotel Terrace
  • Monday September 30th 09:00 - 10:00 hours

    SESSION 1: Opening of the Colloquium

  • Monday September 30th 11:00 - 13:00 hours

    SESSION 2:The Offshore Energy Industry 40 Years Post-IXTOC I

  • Monday September 30th 14:30 - 14:30 hours

    2019 IMLI CMI Prize recipient

  • Monday September 30th 14:30 - 16:00 hours

    SESSION 3:The Future of Shipping Lawyers

  • Monday September 30th 16:30 - 18:00 hours

    SESSION 4: Proposals for Future Unification of Maritime Law

  • Tuesday October 1st 08:00 - 09:00 hours

    Maritime law association presidents’ breakfast

  • Tuesday October 1st 09:00 - 10:30 hours

    SESSION 5: Women in Today’s Shipping World

  • Tuesday October 1st 11:00 - 12:00 hours

    SESSION 6: Cybercrime and Insurance Coverage Issues

  • Tuesday October 1st 13:30 - 20:00 hours

    lunch, tour of the Pyramids, return

  • Tuesday October 1st 20:00 - 22:00 hours

    Cocktails at the hotel

  • Wednesday October 2nd 09:00 - 10:45 hours

    SESSION 7: Civil Liability, IOPC Fund and HNS Conventions — Is it Time for Latin American Governments to Ratify These Conventions? (Part 1)

  • Wednesday October 2nd 11:00 - 13:00 hours

    SESSION 8: Civil Liability, IOPC Fund and HNS Conventions — Is it Time for Latin American Governments to Ratify These Conventions? (Part 2)

  • Wednesday October 2nd 14:30 - 16:00 hours

    CMI Assembly

  • Wednesday October 2nd 18:30 - 21:30 hours

    Gala Dinner

    Haciende de los Morales

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