On 11 April 2023, members of the IOPC Funds’ Secretariat were delighted to deliver a set of lectures to students from the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in an online event for those studying IMLI’s course on the Protection of the Marine Environment and Ocean Governance and those enrolled in the Institute’s Master’s programme.
The first lecture, delivered by Deputy Director and Head of Claims Department, Liliana Monsalve, gave an insight into the existing international liability and compensation regime for ship-source oil pollution based on the 1992 Civil Liability and the 1992 Fund Conventions. The focus then turned to admissibility of claims and how claims for compensation are processed, which was explained by Senior Claims Manager, Chiara Della Mea.
Policy Officer, Yuji Okugawa and Finance Manager, Asayehegn Woldegebrail, explained how the IOPC Funds are financed. They described the process for levying contributions based on reports of oil received in Member States and how those levies finance the running of the Secretariat and, most importantly, the compensation payable to those who have suffered a loss or damage in a State Party to the Conventions.
Over 50 students from several different countries participated in the online event. The Secretariat is very happy to regularly support IMLI and other educational institutions, to share knowledge and expertise and widen awareness of the international liability and compensation regime and the role of the IOPC Funds.