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9th symposium of lawyers




“The evolution of contractual relations in road transport”

Friday, 24 February 2012
Varembé Conference Centre (CCV), Room A
9-11 rue de Varembé, Geneva


Geneva – The IRU next Symposium of Lawyers, to be held this year on 24 February 2012 in Geneva will bring together lawyers, academics, insurers, road transport operators and representatives of governments as well as international organisations that specialise in trade, logistics, transport and insurance issues to review contractual relations and increasing liabilities in road transport.


Leading road transport law practitioners and academics from across the globe will discuss the significant changes to the economic, legal and contractual environment for road transport operators that occurred over the past decade, including:

  • the new legal framework and increasingly complex regulations;
  • the rise of passenger rights in road transport law;
  • extended liabilities and guarantees for the transport of goods by road; and,
  • general conditions for the international transport of passengers and goods by road.

National case studies on evidence and management of the increasing liability of road carriers will also be presented in order to provide a practical overview and analysis of the changing legal environment for road transport operators, as well as best practices for carriers to address such changes and remain competitive.


08:15 Registration
09:00-09:05 Welcome speech
Martin MARMY, Secretary General, International Road Transport Union (IRU)
09:05-09:15 Introduction by the Symposium Chairperson
Isabelle BON-GARCIN, President of the IRU Commission on Legal Affairs
Session 1 : The increasing liability of the road carrier
Moderator : Maxine KENNETT, IRU
09:15-09:45 Legal framework: Increasingly complex regulation
Speaker: Loïc GRARD, Professor, University of Bordeaux, France
09:45-10:00 Discussion
10:00-10:45 Passenger road carrier liability: Passengers become consumers
Speaker 1: The current legal framework
Cécile LEGROS, IDIT, France
  Speaker 2: New EU rules for road passenger transport and their possible influences on the CVR
William PADINA
, UNTRR, Romania
10:45-11:00 Discussion
11:00-11:15 Coffee break
11:15-12:00 Goods road carrier liability: An extended guarantee
Speaker 1: The influence of economic and technical developments on the contractual liability of the road carrier
, Emeritus Professor, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  Speaker 2: The influence of social constraints and security on the criminal liability of the road carrier
Alessandro PESCE
, Pesce & Associati, Italy
  Speaker 3: Anti-Indemnification Clauses in Freight Contracts
, Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), Canada
12:15-12:30 Discussion
12:30-13:45 Lunch (CCV)
Session 2 : IRU’s contractual tools for the better management of the liabilities of the road carrier
Moderator: Detlef NEUFANG, BWVL, Germany
13:45-14:15 IRU General Conditions for the international carriage of goods by road
Speaker: Presentation of the new IRU General Conditions for the international carriage of goods by road
14:15-14:30 Discussion
14:30-15:00 General Conditions for the international transport of passengers
Speaker 1: Omnibus Agreement
Jasmina TRLAJIC, Federal Office of Transport (FOT), Switzerland
  Speaker 2: Development of General Conditions of carriage for passenger transport
, Stockholm University, Sweden
15:00-15:15 Discussion
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:30 National case studies: Evidence and management of the increasing liability of road carriers
Road transport in the United Kingdom
, Rothera Dowson Solicitors, United Kingdom
  Speaker 2: Road transport in Spain
, ASTIC, Spain & Vice-President of the IRU Commission on Legal Affairs
  Speaker 3: Road transport in Turkey
Sançar Sefer SÜER
, TOBB, Turkey
  Speaker 4: Road transport in Asia
16:30-16:45 Discussion
16:45 Final summary and adoption of Symposium Declaration
Isabelle BON-GARCIN, President of the IRU Commission on Legal Affairs
17:00 Conclusion and closing of the Symposium

Registration fees: 250 €
Members of the IRU Commission for Legal Affairs : 125 €

Journalists: Free entrance upon presentation of a press card


By Bank transfer to the following:
Banque Cantonale de Genève
CH – 1211 Genève 2
Account Z 3202.25.89
IBAN : CH96 0078 8000 Z320 2258 9
For : Symposium of Lawyers

Should you proceed with your payment, do not forget to register by means of the online registration form!

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