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Marine submersions: new challenges, new legal practices

In an effort to encourage research in the area of knowledge of natural disaster risks as well as the application of such knowledge to insurance and to risk prevention, CCR created the Outstanding Thesis Award.


For this second edition, the jury comprised of:

  • Mr. Alberto Monti (Chairman), Associate Professor of Comparative Law, Institute for Advanced Study Pavia, Italy (IUSS-Pavia) and a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on the Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes.
  • Mr. Emmanuel Garnier, Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and climate historian for the Coastal, Environment and Societies Laboratory at the University of La Rochelle
  • Mr. Jérémy Rohmer, Deputy Director in charge of Supportive Public Policies, Geological and Mining Resources Institute (BRGM)
  • Mr. Philippe Dandin, Deputy Director of Scientific Research, Météo France
  • Ms. Isabelle Braud, Director of Research and Team Manager, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA)
  • Mr. Christian Robert, University Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Actuarial and Financial Sciences (SAF), French Institute of Financial Science and Insurance (ISFA)
  • Mr. Charles Dumartinet, Head of Major Risks, Covéa
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Charluteau, Director of Non-Life Risks, Generali
  • Mr. Antoine Quantin, Deputy Underwriting Officer, Public Funds and Reinsurance Department, CCR
  • Mr. David Moncoulon, Head of Modeling and R&D, CCR
  • Mr. Pierre Tinard, Senior Modeler – R&D, CCR
  • Mr. Thierry Cohignac, Senior Vice President Modeling & Actuarial Management, Public Funds and Reinsurance Department, CCR

has decided to attribute the award to Vanessa Mulot for her thesis: "Marine submersions: new challenges, new legal practices".

The jury was particularly appreciative of the clear and comprehensive work that examined the new challenges and legal practices associated with marine subversions and opened the debate on solidarity, prevention and responsibility.

Doctor of law Vanessa Mulot supported her thesis entitled "Marine submersions: new challenges, new legal practices" in March 2015. The research work concerns legal and insurance-related resources currently available or to be developed that enable a reduction of the level of vulnerability of property and of human activities to marine submersions, in a context of rising sea levels.
The thesis was conducted at the university of law and political science in Aix-en-Provence (Aix-Marseille Université III) with the financial support of the AXA Research Fund.
In 2008, Vanessa Mulot obtained a Master I degree in "Wealth Management and Consulting" and in 2009 a Master II in "Environmental Law". Throughout her five-year tenure at Paul Cézanne University, she studied the legal aspects relating to the environment and climate change. She wrote a memoir on the issue of law and marine submersion. This research has provided a stimulus for her interest in coastal risks and the challenges they pose.
Today, at the School of Lawyers of Southwest France, she also works as a consultant on coastal risk matters.

A cash prize of € 5,000 as well as a diploma were awarded to Ms. Lambert, her thesis supervisor, on June 30, 2016 at the time of the 7th CCR "CAT Day".

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