Prominent Speakers Lecture on the IMO System for Maritime Governance

On 5 October, WMU students in the Malmö Class of 2022 had the opportunity to interact with prominent speakers in the foundation studies course on the IMO System for Maritime Governance. Mr Frederick Kenney, Director of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, delivered his lecture in person with Ms Fernanda Millicay, Minister at the Argentine Embassy in the UK and Alternate Permanent Representative of Argentina to the IMO joining online to co-deliver a portion of the lecture.

The course provides an introduction to the System of Maritime Governance with IMO playing the crucial role by developing standards and regulations leading to implementation by Member States, transferring knowledge and technology to developing maritime countries, thus ensuring maritime safety and security, environmental protection, and ship efficiency. 

Complementing the core instruction by resident faculty Prof. George Theocharidis (MLP), Mr Kenney and Ms Millicay provided an overview of the IMO system of governance, including a brief history of the regulation of vessels, establishment of IMO, the IMO and UNCLOS, and the IMO Convention in terms of the functions and structure of the organization. In addition, the speakers provided insight on the legal and policy foundations of the process for the development of IMO treaties and regulations, as well as practical considerations relating to the process, including insights on preparing and delivering a delegation’s position, working with IMO’s six official languages, and coping with meetings held by correspondence and videoconference as a result of the pandemic.

At IMO, Mr Kenney is responsible for advising the IMO Secretary‐General on all legal issues associated with the functioning of IMO, with special emphasis on matters of treaty law and the law of the sea; provides legal counsel to staff supporting IMO’s committees and subcommittees and has particular responsibility as Secretary for the Organization’s Legal Committee. He oversees IMO’s role as depositary for the 53 multilateral conventions adopted under its aegis. He oversees the Organization’s role as depositary for the 53 multilateral conventions adopted under the aegis of IMO. Mr Kenney hails from the US where he served in high-ranking positions in the United States Coast Guard.

Ms Millicay has had a distinguished career in Argentina’s foreign service. Between 2008 and 2015, she was the Legal Adviser of the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations. In this capacity, she took direct responsibility for Law of the Sea, ICC, piracy, protection of civilians in armed conflict and working methods of the UN Security Council. In Argentina, she was Director of the country’s National Antarctic Program. Ms. Millicay prides herself on being the outcome of capacity building. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious 18th Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial Fellowship on the Law of the Sea. 

The Malmö MSc in Maritime Affairs is a 14-month programme with seven specializations: Maritime Education & Training; Maritime Energy Management; Maritime Law & Policy; Maritime Safety & Environmental Administration; Ocean Sustainability, Governance and Management; Port Management, and Shipping Management & Logistics. Foundation studies are taught in the first term and cover the introductory knowledge that is fundamental to all activities in the maritime field. Three successive terms focus on specialization studies and a dissertation. WMU has more than 150 Visiting Professors and Guest Lecturers from around the world who contribute their expertise to enrich the education of WMU students.

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