Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 and Case Law Symposium

Key experts from International Organizations, Seafarers’ and Shipowners Organizations, Universities of Law are going to share their insights on:

  • The guiding role of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) in advancing decent work in maritime industry (law & practice). 
  • Working and living conditions in the maritime industry: main issues leading to litigation.
  • The current policy debate at international level and case law at national level.
  • Challenges & opportunities for labour and maritime lawyers and legal practitioners.

If you are interested in attending this event, there are still some fellowships available.


We look forward to welcoming you online! 

Working and living conditions of seafarers have always been of special concern to the International Labour Organization (ILO). In February 2006, the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) was adopted by government, employer and worker representatives. Widely known as the “seafarers’ bill of rights”, it is unique in its effects on both seafarers and quality shipping.

Although the MLC, 2006 has been ratified to a considerable extent and has had a positive impact on decent work, substantial challenges persist in securing the protection of labour rights, particularly exacerbated in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic. These problems often result in disputes arising from non-payment of wages, denial of the right to repatriation, abandonment of ship and compensation for injuries. Obtaining redress in case of violation of seafarers’ labour rights is often challenging as a result of the multiple jurisdictions, laws and regulations involved (flag State, labour supplying State, port State). In this context, the MLC, 2006 and the work of the ILO supervisory bodies constitute important tools for lawyers, legal practitioners and judges around the world. More than ever before, advice from lawyers and adequate legal assistance in the event of labour disputes is important.