4th TransLawFer 2016 Seoul Conference
The Korea University School of Law and its Maritime Law Research Centre are very proud of hosting the 4th annual Conference of “Transport Law de lege ferenda: Young Academics’ Vision on Tomorrow’s Transport Law – Translawfer 2016 Seoul”. The 4th Translawfer Conference will take place on the 27th November, 2016 at the CJ Law Hall, in Korea University School of Law, Seoul, South Korea. The Maritime Law Research Centre was established in 2009 to promote the study and advancement of maritime law not only in Korea but also throughout the Asia. Active research activities and expansive network with numerous professionals, corporates, and other maritime institutions are leading the Centre’s efforts to accelerate such advancement. It takes another step to move on by assuming a role of bridging Asia with other parts of the world. In this regard, it is the honor of hosting the Translawfer Conference in Asia for the first time, after the successful precedents in Leuven, Belgium (1st, 2013), Zagreb, Croatia (2nd, 2014), and Elbasan, Abania (3rd, 2015). The goal of the 4th Translawfer 2016 Seoul is to bring together young academics from Asia, Europe, and other regions to share their “visions on tomorrow’s transport law”, while learning from cross-border perpectives of practioners and scholars, who are also kindly invited to the conference.
The annual TransLawFer event was inaugurated in 2013, in Leuven, Belgium, hosted by the Catholic University Leuven. The 1st TransLawFer Leuven 2013 Conference brought together 14 presenters from 13 different Universities around the Globe. The presenters, young academics starting, working on, or having just finished their doctoral studies, had the opportunity to share the provisional or final results of their research, participate in a live debate after each presentation, establish excellent connections, and widen their knowledge of transport law. In addition, presentations were divided into a number of panels, each moderated by a professor, practitioner or representative from the transport and insurance industries. The moderators were asked to introduce the subject of the presentation and moderate the discussion following each presentation. This method successfully connected the academia with the practice, enabled the sharing of different perspectives concerning a particular topic of interest, and deepened the discourse between the two.
Within the TransLawFer framework, each speaker has an opportunity to talk for approximately 25 minutes, followed by a 20 minutes’ discussion after each presentation. This constitutes the key concept within the TransLawFer framework: the emphasis is equally divided between the role of the audience and the role of the speaker. In order to foster the development of transport law, one has to foster discussion, exchange of ideas, criticism and acceptance of different views and concepts. A forum comprising at least 40 academics, practitioners and young researchers should serve perfectly that very purpose.