LLB(Wales), MA (Sheffield), ACIArb, Emeritus Professor of Maritime Law, Founding
Professor Thomas is a graduate of the Universities of Wales and Sheffield, and was appointed Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Institute of Shipping and Trade Law at the School of Law, Swansea in 2000. He served as the Director of the Institute until September 2010. He now retains the title of the Founding Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law. Previously he was Professor of Law at the University of East Anglia and has taught at the National University of Singapore, University of Windsor, Canada, the University of Gothenberg, Sweden, and at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. From 1989 to 1999 he was adjunct Professor of Law on the University of Detroit Mercy London Law Programme and Director of the Lloyd’s List Shipping Law Seminars.
He was a member of the Departmental Advisory Committee on Arbitration Law which produced and drafted the Arbitration Act 1996; and is a member of an Advisory Committee which advises the DETR on the implementation of international conventions on shipping. He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and Chairman of the Sub-committee on Mortgages and Ship Arrest. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is author of Maritime Liens (vol.14 British Shipping Laws) (1980); Law and Practice of Appeals from Arbitration Awards (1994); Default Powers of Arbitrators (1996). He is editor and contributor to Modern Law of Marine Insurance, Volume 1 (1996), and Volume 2 (2002), Volume 3 (2009), Volume 4 (2016), Marine Insurance: The Law in Transition (2006) and Liability Regimes in Contemporary Maritime Law (2007). He is also a contributor to Marine Insurance at the turn of the Millennium, ed. Professor M. Huybrechts (1999). His journal publications are extensive and reflect his interests in international commercial and maritime law and in arbitration law. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Maritime Law and an editor of Arbitration International.