Five members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) took an evening out of their busy schedule in Athens to meet Swansea Alumni at the Chandris Metropolitan Hotel on the 13 May 2015.

The IISTL team was in Athens to speak at an Advanced Seminar in Maritime Law organised in conjunction with Athens University Law School that attracted over a hundred lawyers and experts from the Greek maritime community.

The event- held in a stunning location on the roof of the hotel- gave our Alumni the opportunity to catch up with their professors and to hear about the most recent developments at Swansea. They were impressed to hear of the launch of a new LLM in Oil and Gas Law and of the appointment of Professor Elwen Evans QC as the Head of the College of Law. Both developments have been recognised to be a further indication of the College’s desire to be closely associated with legal practice.

 Alumni reception (Athens 2015)

Professors Baughen, Soyer, Tettenborn, Williams and Associate Professor Nikaki with Swansea alumni at the reception

The IISTL team was delighted to hear about the role Swansea LLM played in their career progression and how much they still cherish the time they spent at Swansea. The team was also very excited to learn that Swansea LLM alumni are  doing well in their professional lives, holding excellent jobs in the wider Greek shipping sector, including leading law firms (Daniolos Law Firm, G.E.Bairaktaris and Partners), insurance companies (P.L.Ferrari &Co. SRL, Vangmar Insurance Brokers Ltd), shipping companies (Navig8 Group, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Ltd, Franco Compania Naviera S.A) and  commodity trading and logistics houses (Trafilgura), just to name a few.

Professor Richard Williams, Sub-Dean of the College, commented:

“It is both gratifying and a tribute to the quality of the teaching that is provided by the IISTL that its members are asked to participate at a prestigious event of this nature but even more gratifying to meet so many ex-students who are now doing well in their chosen careers and who are clearly not only grateful for that teaching but also remember their student experience with fondness. That is what we always strive to achieve.”