Paul MargatPaul Margat is a PhD candidate at the University of Hamburg and a researcher at the German Aerospace Center, Institute for the Protection of Maritime Infrastructures. He studied law between France, Germany and Norway before working for the French ministry of the sea as a policy officer for the management of fisheries quotas. His researches focus on the introduction of ship modularity in the law of the sea and international maritime law.
Interdisciplinary study on the compliance of autonomous ships with COLREGs
This presentation aims at conveying a transdisciplinary overview of autonomous shipping through the scope of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs). In this framework, the intersection of legal and technical specifications shall be investigated, to determine what the law says on autonomous shipping and what the technic facilitates in this regard. Accordingly, current regulatory developments as well as technical novelties will be considered. These issues take place in the broader perspective of the ever-recurring advance technological advancement enjoys over the legal development, which may result in core incompatibilities of the latter with the former.