09 July 20

Call for Papers – Special JOMA Issue: Beyond Covid-19: The Future of Maritime Transport

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This special issue will focus on insights on maritime safety and security issues, the socio-economic and political impact of the crisis across the maritime sector, and in general the future of maritime transport beyond Covid-19. It will try to uncover measures and practices adopted as a reaction to the pandemic with a view to examining their success, extract lessons for future scenarios, identify gaps in Covid-19 response, and enhance the resilience of the maritime sector.


Full paper submission: 31 October 2020
First round of review and decisons: 31 January 2021
Second round revision submission: 31 March 2021
Final round of reviews and decisions: 30 April 2021
We welcome manuscripts on an earlier schedule where possible. Manuscripts should conform to the instructions given in the Guide for Authors for the WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs  . Should you have any queries, please contact Dr. Laura Carballo Piñeiro (email: lc@wmu.se).
Special Issue Guest Editors:
  • Laura Carballo Piñeiro is Professor at the World Maritime University where she holds the Nippon Foundation Chair of Maritime Labour Law and Policy. Her main areas of expertise are private international law with an emphasis on international maritime labour law, international litigation and cross-border insolvencies. Professor Carballo is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and has published in a number of international journals in English, German, Italian and Spanish. She has been visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private International Law, Columbia Law School, the Institute of European and Comparative Law at Oxford University and UNCITRAL, and she has taught in a number of institutions in Europe and  Latin America. including the Hague Academy of International Law.


  • Max Mejia joined the World Maritime University (WMU) in 1998. He holds a BSc (US Naval Academy), MALD (Fletcher), MSc (WMU), and PhD (Lund). He went on leave from WMU to serve as Administrator of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), 2013-2016. MARINA is the Philippines’ maritime administration, responsible for integrating the development and regulation of the industry. During his term, Dr. Mejia implemented a comprehensive reform of the country’s maritime training and certification system and other wide-ranging safety and industry promotion programs. Prof. Mejia returned to WMU in 2016, and currently serves as Director of the PhD Program, Associate Academic Dean, and Head of Maritime Law and Policy.


  • Fabio Ballini has an Economic and Maritime Transportation background. He obtained his MSc in Maritime Economics and Transport at the Faculty of Economics in Genova (Italy) and holds a Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, awarded a European Ph.D. label, from the University of Genova (Italy), Dept. of Naval, Electrical, Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (DITEN). At WMU, Dr. Fabio Ballini is currently an Assistant Professor in the Maritime Energy Management specialization dealing with research topics related to Port Energy Management Planning, Gaseous Emissions from Ships in Harbors, Externality Cost in Transportation, Externality Modeling and Energy Audit Systems in Port. His recent research areas of interest at the WMU in Malmö have focused on Circular Economy in relation to ports and renewable energy and alternative fuels as a marine fuel.