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LLB (Aristotle) LLM (Aristotle,Tulane), PhD (Soton)

Dr Nikaki joined the School of Law in 2005 as a Lecturer and was promoted to Associate Professor  in 2013. She is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica (LLB and LLM in Commercial and Economic Law with distinction). Having worked in private practice for several years, she also obtained an LLM degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law from Tulane Law School (New Orleans, USA) in 2001 with distinction. She then went to work in a maritime law firm in the United States before undertaking her PhD degree in Carriage of Goods by Sea and Transport Law in the UK. Her principal research interest is in the field of carriage of goods by sea and transport law generally, but her interests extend to international trade, private international law and multimodal transport. During the 2011-12 academic year, she was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) and a visiting researcher position at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law in Oslo.She is an active researcher and has published in several significant journals such as The Journal of Air Law and Commerce, The Journal of Business Law, the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, the Berkeley Journal of International Law and Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

She has taught courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air,  Charterparties: Law and Practice, Commercial Law, E-Commerce, International Trade Law, International Litigation and Arbitration, Marine Cargo Claims, Oil and Gas Law, Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law and Private International Law. She is also part of the team that delivers the professional courses offered by the Institute of the International Shipping and Trade Law. She is currently the Deputy Head of the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, where she currently teaches Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air (Module Co-Director), Charterparties: Law and Practice and Ship and other Mobile Assets Finance Law (Module Co-Director).

Areas of Expertise

  • Transport Law
  • Multimodal Transport Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Private International Law
  • International Trade Law


  1. Slow Steaming and International Trade. In Baris Soyer and Andrew Tettenborn (Ed.), International Trade and Carriage of Goods. (pp. 15-34). Informa Law.
  2. Financing Newbuilding Vessels and BARECON 2001: A Fair Deal?. In Soyer, B. & Tettenborn, A. (Ed.) (Ed.), Ship Building, Sales and Finance. (pp. 212-240). Informa.
  3. & Enhancing Standarisation and Legal Certainty through Standard Charter Party Contracts—The NYPE 2015 Experience. In Charterparties. Informa Law.
  4. (2015). The role of UCTA in forwarding and logistics. Presented at Current Issues in Freight Forwarding: Law and Logistics, organised by Edinburgh Law School,
  5. (2015). The Impact of Slow Steaming Clauses in International Sales. Presented at International Colloquium on International sales and Carriage of Goods, Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law.,

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  • LACM10 Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air

    Goods are carried all over the world by different modes of transport ¿ by land, rail, sea and air. This module analyses the issues that arise in relation to each form of transportation. In most cases, cargo is carried purely by one mode of transport (unimodal transport). For example, bulk cargoes are generally carried solely by sea and such carriage is subject to compulsory international regimes which are intended to regulate that mode of carriage i.e. the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules. Similarly, high value cargoes and pharmaceuticals are generally carried solely by air and are compulsorily subject to the Warsaw/Montreal Conventions. However, it is also common for goods to be carried in the one receptacle but by different modes of transport e.g. one container may be carried by road, rail, sea and air (multimodal transport). Such form of carriage gives rise to particular difficulties since whilst separate conventions apply to individual legs of the carriage, there is no one international convention which applies to the whole of such carriage. This module is designed to analyse the different features and characteristics of the different forms of contract of carriage that are currently used in relation to both unimodal and multi modal transport, the problems that may be faced when cargo carried under such contracts is lost or damaged and the part played by the current international regimes i.e. the Hague, Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules in relation to carriage by sea, the Warsaw/Montreal Conventions in relation to carriage by air, CMR in relation to carriage by road and CIM/COTIF in relation to carriage by rail. The module also considers the impact of future developments such as the possible implementation of the Rotterdam Rules which are intended to regulate all modes of transport in the same manner. Finally, this module examines a number of contemporary difficulties which arise both in relation to the nature of bailment contracts and the practicalities of cargo claims.

  • LACM21 Ship and Other Mobile Assets Finance Law

    The availability of credit is a vital stimulant for entrepreneurial activities both within and across jurisdictions and most modern day businesses in the transport sector rely on external capital to finance their operations. This module focuses on the legal framework and policy concerns that underpin the provision of credit with particular emphasis on ship and other mobile assets, such as aircraft, both in the context of English law and from an international perspective. The module will inquire into the nature and functions of credit and other mechanisms for financing the acquisition of high-value assets, most notably leasing. The module will also examine legal principles governing the creation and operation of the most popular forms of financing mobile assets. The module will explore the manner in which the law seeks to regulate and balance the competing interests of different categories of creditors, lessors, lessees and other parties implicated in or affected by credit and leasing arrangements with particular emphasis on the transport sector.

  • LAMM02 Charterparties: Law and Practice

    This is a module designed to give an insight into both the legal and commercial relevance of charterparties. The lectures will consider the legal principles which are relevant in relation to charterparties generally and also in relation to specific types of charter and will consider how such principles are evolving in response to market pressures. The module will also look at the relationship between charterparties and the other common contracts relating to the use of a ship and the carriage of goods.


  • Legal Aspects of Incorporation of Clause Paramount in Time Charters, Voyage Charters and Bills of Landing (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Theodora Nikaki
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Baughen
  • Charter's Liability Insurance; an Evaluation of the Charter's Liability Insurance Options. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Theodora Nikaki
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head - Department of Shipping and Trade Law

    2015 - Present

  • Deputy Head - Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies

    2013 - 2015

  • Deputy Director of Taught Masters Degrees - School of Law, Swansea University

    2009 - Present

  • Taught Masters Admissions Tutor - College of Law, Swansea University

    2007 - Present

  • LLM Employability Co-ordinator

    2013 - Present

  • LLM Examinations Officer

    2006 - 2011

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London)

    2011 - 2012

  • Visiting Researcher, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (University of Oslo)

    2011 - 2012

Research Groups

  • Member

    Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL)