The Malta Maritime Law Association is delighted to announce that Dr Ann Fenech, President of the Malta Maritime Law Association and Managing Partner of Fenech & Fenech Advocates was last Friday (9 November 2018) elected Vice President of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) by the General Assembly of the CMI at the IMO in London.
The CMI is an international body established in Antwerp in 1891 with the aim of unifying International Maritime Law. It has been responsible of drafting some of the most important international maritime conventions including the Arrest Conventions of 1952 and 1999, the Collision Regulations and the Salvage Convention.
Dr Fenech was suggested for nomination for this position by Ireland and Sweden. She was voted in by the members of CMI who are the national maritime law associations of 51 different countries. She is the first Maltese to be elected to the position of Vice President within the CMI.
The CMI is currently working on a number of important projects including Automation and the International Recognition of Judicial Sales. Dr Fenech was heavily involved in recent efforts in persuading UNCITRAL (the United Nations Committee on International Trade Law) to accept the proposal of the Government of Switzerland to commence work on an International Convention on the International Recognition of Judicial Sales. UNICITRAL has in fact added this project to its working agenda.
Dr Fenech’s election as Vice President of the CMI is considered as a very valuable addition to the profile of Maritime Malta world wide. It will mean that Maritime Malta will also be represented at the highest levels of international maritime law. Ann Fenech has been practicing maritime law exclusively since 1986.