IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) held its 33rd graduation ceremony, marking the success of 56 specialists in international law from 37 countries who followed various courses at the Institution. The ceremony, held on July 1, was IMLI’s first hybrid (in-person and virtual) graduation. It included graduates from El Salvador and Guinea-Bissau participating in the Institute’s programs for the first time.
Addressing the class at the ceremony in Malta, IMO Secretary General Kitack-Lim said“Despite the turbulent times and the difficulties caused by the pandemic, you have achieved your goals. You, the Class of 2022, have been empowered, through your knowledge and skills, to contribute effectively to the achievement of the goals of the ‘IMO for a better world.
Secretary General Lim underscored the importance of IMLI’s long-standing policy of reserving 50% of program seats for deserving female candidates, thus contributing to greater diversity and gender equality in the maritime sector.
The new cohort brings the total number of IMLI graduates to over 1,000 students from 151 countries. The graduation ceremony was the last such occasion hosted by the current Director of IMLI, Professor David Attard, who will retire after 30 years of service. He will be replaced by Professor Norman A. Martinez Gutierrez in early August 2022.