NALSAR, CADL’s Webinar on India as a Maritime Power: Contemporary Perspectives [July 31, 5 PM]: Register Now!

About the Institution

NALSAR, Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws (CADL) is organising its “Aerospace and Defence Laws Lecture Series”, a Webinar series, which will bring together academics, legal practitioners, and experts from the field, to critically explore the education in Aviation, Defence and Space Laws, and explore the current trends in these sectors.

About the Webinar

India has a rich history in dealing with sea trade as well as a variety of trading and non-trading practices via sea within and beyond the confines of the country. Hence it has built up a magnificent maritime history and traditions for several decades even much before then the rise of European maritime powers.

At present, among all Asian and African countries, India has one of the largest and considerably well-coordinated merchant shipping fleets with almost ninety per cent of the country’s trade volume moved by sea. With one of the largest coastline and having boundary as sea/ocean, guarding the country through the coast also gains importance.

In short, trade and security through the ocean is prominent in India. Hence from past decades, we have laws which are governing the trade and security. With the advancement in trade and an increase in crimes on seas and natural disasters, there are various issues which need to be addressed.

To name a few, issues relating to insurance, liability, accidents, pirates etc., are common. With globalization and Technology-trade prominent era, new areas of concerns have emerged, like ship financing, maritime liens, carriage of goods by sea, ownership and registration of ships, ship sales and building contracts, limitation of liability contracts, the law of collision, salvage, towage and pilotage and its related claims, the law of marine pollution – its consequences and liabilities, customs and port laws are few of them.

That being highlighted in the area of trade-related, there are also new issues and emerging areas in security-related. With the issues of pirates, laws relating to the rights and ownerships for the resources on the high seas and markings of Exclusive economic Zones, Laws related to the passageways of various varieties/registered ships, the trespass of territorial waters, aid by the naval and coast guard forces, Technology used by these forces, rescue operations, access to ports, Laws relating to accidents/attacks on territorial waters, disputes settlement mechanisms for the armed forces, Strategies relating to the security on the seas etc gained prominence and require intense research and analysis of the same.

With all the contemporary issues, our panellists in the Webinar “India as a Maritime Power: Contemporary Perspectives”, the last of the “Aerospace and Defence Laws lecture series”, addresses some of them on 31st July 2020 at 5:00 PM.

About the Speakers

Introduction by: Professor Balakista Reddy, Registrar, Head, Centre for Aerospace and Defence Laws, NALSAR University of Law.


  • Professor P.V. Rao, Visiting Faculty, NALSAR University of Law
  • Commodore Udai Rao, former Principal Director, Naval Intelligence, and a former Director in the Cabinet Secretariat
  • Ms. Hamsa Devineni, Advocate and Politician
  • Dr. A. Subramanyam Raju, Professor, Co-ordinator, Centre for Maritime Studies, School of Social Sciences & International Studies, Pondicherry University.

Moderated by: Group Captain Aanand Naidu Pola, Adjunct Professor, NALSAR University of Law, Director, ISAC; Cyberange and Clean Exit.

To attend the NALSAR Webinar, click here.


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