Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law (ACPIL)
Summary of Public Meeting on Certain Maritime Issues

A public meeting on certain maritime issues was held on October 16, 2019 via teleconference under the auspices of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law.  The meeting was chaired by a representative of the Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Private International Law.  The purpose of the meeting was to obtain views of interested stakeholders on the on-going negotiations at UNCITRAL on a possible convention on the judicial sale of ships.  The meeting also served to gather views on the current utility of the Rotterdam Rules and whether it would be advisable for the US to re-consider accession.

Participants at the meeting provided feedback on issues to consider at the UNCITRAL negotiation, including the interaction of the possible convention with insolvency law and U.S. courts.  Most participants also supported re-engagement of the U.S. with the Rotterdam Rules, and encouraged the U.S. to re-consider accession.

No decision was taken.  No report was approved.

U.S. Department of State

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