The International Maritime Human Rights Conference

08:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

08:45 Conference Opening Remarks
David Hammond, Human Rights at Sea

  SESSION ONE: Human Rights at Sea – Setting the Scene
  • The Importance of Human Rights in the Maritime Environment
    David Hammond, Human Rights at Sea
  • A Shipowner’s Perspective: How Human Rights impact Business and Reputation
    George Tsavliris, Tsavliris Salvage
  • Shipmanagement: Sustainability and Growth through Protection of the Human Element
    Kuba Szymanski, InterManager
  • Migration
    Peter Sweetnam, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
  • Human Rights and Fishers' Welfare
    Ment van der Zwan, Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, FISH-Platform

10:30 Networking Coffee Break
  SESSION TWO:  Business and Human Rights & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
    Margaret Wachenfeld, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: What it means in the Maritime Environment
    Margaret Wachenfeld, Institute for Human Rights and Business
  • Corporate Social Responsibility on Trial: Lessons for the Maritime Industry
    Phil Bloomer, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Sustainable Fisheries and the Business Case for Integration of Human Rights Provisions
    Libby Woodhatch, SeaFish
  • The Private Maritime Security Industry: An African Perspective of Human Rights Provisions and Abuses
    Conrad Thorpe OBE, Salama Fikira
  • Human Rights and the Maritime Supply Chain
    Alexandra Wrage, TRACE International
12:00 Q&A / Panel Discussion
Additional stakeholder: Lisa Tremble, Mishcon De Reya

12.45 Networking Lunch
  SESSION THREE: Maritime Welfare – Challenges and Responsibilities
  This section will principally address seafarer welfare, and will also look at fishermen as well as piracy/maritime security (kidnap/armed guards). Input from maritime charities and union representatives.
  • Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
    Barry Bryant, Seafarers UK
  • The Role of Seafarers Welfare Organisations – Threats and Opportunities
    Martin Foley, Apostleship of the Sea
  • Diversity at Sea
    Lieutenant Commander Chris Wood, Royal Navy and
    Officer Cadet Sarah Stevens, Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Psychological Support, Education and Training for Seafarers and Fishers
    Professor Neil Greenberg, March on Stress
  • A Shipmanager’s Perspective: Migrant Impact on Crew
    Norman Schmiedl, Columbia Ship Management
14:50 Q&A / Panel Discussion

15:20 Networking Coffee Break
  SESSION FOUR:  Maritime Human Rights Abuses – Investigations and Potential Remedies
  • Chairperson’s Opening Remarks
    David Hammond, Human Rights at Sea
  • Taking Responsibility for Seafarer Welfare: How Flag State Administrations should be Addressing Mandates to Protect Seafarers
    Debasis Mazumdar, St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry
  • The Use of Technology in the Investigation of Abuses at Sea
    Wendy Betts, International Bar Association (IBA) eyeWitness for Atrocities Programme
  • Human Trafficking and Anti-Slavery – an English Law Approach
    Parosha Chandran, 1 Pump Court
  • The Challenge of Migration: Stakeholder Response Strategies
    John Dalby, Marine Risk Management
  • Shipbreaking and Human Rights Abuses
    Ingvild Jenssen, NGO Shipbreaking Platform
17:00 Q&A/Panel Discussion

17:45 Conference closing remarks – incorporating Call to Action
18:00 - 20:30 Networking reception with drinks and canapés

Please Note:  Programme sessions may be subject to change.

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