ANNAPOLIS, Md.Aug 7, 2023 – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is inviting professionals to submit proposals for its upcoming sixth Marine Law Symposium, set to take place on Feb. 29, 2024. The symposium will adopt a hybrid format, enabling attendees to participate either in person at ABYC headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, or virtually.

The ABYC Marine Law Symposium aims to prepare participants to navigate the legal aspect of recreational boating and provide continuing education and legal training to professionals in the marine industry.

ABYC is looking for professionals to join the symposium in such matters as:

  • Marine insurance
  • Accident investigation
  • Surveyor-related case studies
  • Liability
  • Expert witness training
  • New boater data and law enforcement
  • Case experts and attorneys for both sides
  • Use of ABYC standards to prove (or disprove) case elements
  • Cases utilizing detailed photo and video evidence presentation

Applications must be submitted by Aug. 31, 2023, for consideration. To propose a session, please visit:

Registration for the 2024 Marine Law Symposium will open in September with early-bird rates and sponsorship opportunities.Since 1954, the nonprofit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. The essential global source of marine industry technical information, ABYC’s product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools help members make boating safer.

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