Institute Promoted Research

The IISTL promotes research into key issues of importance in international shipping and trade law, through the activities of its individual members, as well as on a collective basis. Chief among these initiatives is the busy programme of colloquia and symposia on contemporary developments organised by the Institute. Smaller research seminars are also convened, where guest speakers are invited to address the Institute staff and guests. For example, in 2018, the IISTL organised a round table discussion with experts from China and Turkey on autonomous ships and liability regimes. A similar workshop was held in Swansea in 2019 with academics from Dalian Maritime University (China).

PhD students and visiting fellows are also given an encouraging and supportive platform to present work in progress and to play a full role in the academic discourse within the IISTL. The Institute also embraces interdisciplinary research and welcomes the participation of specialists from other disciplines. Recently, Professor Soyer and Dr Leloudas was involved in an interdisciplinary study on IUU fishing and insurance implications with researchers from University of British Columbia (Canada). The study, funded by the Waterloo Foundation, found that it had been disconcertingly easy for vessels involved in IUU fishing to get liability insurance in the market. It recommended an urgent review of underwriting processes and consideration of regulatory changes to put insurers under a legal duty to deny cover to vessels known to be connected with IUU activities.

The IISTL Research Library also provides an outstanding body of research materials for its members and visiting scholars to consult. Several academics and research students visit us each year.

Professor Soyer briefing Secretary Clinton on the IUU project during her visit

Professor Baris Soyer meeting Hillary Clinton

Contemporary Research of Members

  • Professor Simon Baughen is currently working on a project (UNCTAD) on the impact of Covid-19 on shipping and commercial law and practice.
  • Dr Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford is working on a new monograph on liability regime concerning offshore installations. 
  • Dr Amaxilati is working on a new monograph on seafarer's legal position in international maritime law and a book chapter on the position of operators/seafarers in the context of remotely operated ships
  • Associate Professor George Leloudas is working on a number of pieces focusing on the legal position of drones and cyber risks in shipping and aviation.    
  • Professor Baris Soyer is currently working on an edited book on autonomous ships (due to be published by Hart Publishing) and a number of articles on big data and blockchain in insurance law.
  • Professor  Andrew Tettenborn is currently working on a new edition of Clerk & Lindsell on Torts.
  • Professor Richard Williams is currently working on the 5th edition of Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims.
  • Dr Von Logchem is currently working on a book by Cambridge University Press on maritime delimitation issues.