Prof. David J. Attard awarded the International Maritime Prize

Prof. David J. Attard awarded the International Maritime Prize

Reference Number: PR220955, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 14, 2022

On 13th July, at the 127th Session of the International Maritime Organisation Council in London, leading international maritime law Prof. David J. Attard was awarded the International Maritime Prize. The International Maritime Prize is awarded annually by the International Maritime Organisation Council to the individual or organization judged to have made the most significant contribution to the work and objectives of  the International Maritime Organisation.

The International Maritime Prize consists of a sculpture in the form of a dolphin and includes a financial award.  The winner of the annual prize is also invited to write a paper on a theme relating to the work of IMO. The paper is published in IMO's quarterly magazine, IMO News.

Professor  David J. Attard has dedicated over thirty-five years to the service of the codification and progressive development of the law of the sea. Since 1992, and until his retirement this year,  Professor Attard has held the position of the Director of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). Under his expert directorship, over a 1000 government lawyers and officials hailing from 146 states have graduated in International Maritime Law Institute under the guidance of Professor Attard who dedicated most of his academic life to capacity building in international maritime law.

Minister for Foreign and European and Trade Dr. Ian Borg congratulated  Professor David J. Attard on his merited award and his commitment to the International Maritime Organisation’ s work. The awards is a great recognition of Malta’s efforts in the IMO. As one of the world's largest maritime nations, it is important for Malta to ensure that the IMO remains the global focal point for the regulation of shipping in these crucial years for the shipping sector