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100th session of the IMO Legal Committee: 15 to 19 April 2013

History and achievements of the IMO Legal Committtee

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IMO is primarily concerned with the safety of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution, but the Organization has also introduced regulations covering liability and compensation for damage, such as pollution, caused by ships.

The Torrey Canyon disaster of 1967, which led to an intensification of IMO's technical work in preventing pollution, was also the catalyst for work on liability and compensation. An ad hoc Legal Committee was established to deal with the legal issues raised by the world's first major tanker disaster and the Committee soon became a permanent subsidiary organ of the IMO Council, meeting twice a year to deal with any legal issues raised at IMO.

Please click here for our interactive timeline highlighting the achievements and activities of the IMO Legal Committee, as it celebrates its 100th session.

Please click here for a Podcast, in which Dr. Rosalie Balkin, IMO's Director of Legal Affairs, discusses the Legal Committee's major achievements on the occasion of its 100th session.

Please click here for presentations from the special event held on 18 April 2013.