Theodora Nikaki

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Currently the Deputy-Head of the Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies, Dr Nikaki first 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 the prestigious 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, but her interests extend to 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 Lawthe 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, her subject range is diverse within the field of dry shipping law and she is, without question, an invaluable and astute member of the postgraduate law teaching team. She, along with her colleagues, regularly delivers the professional courses offered by the Institute of the International Shipping and Trade Law.

On a personal level, Associate Professor Nikaki has always had a strong reputation - amongst staff and students alike - of being approachable, genuine, helpful and kind. It is plainly obvious how much she cares for her work and for those she teaches from the feedback students give about her, and through the quality of work she produces (both for teaching and for research). She is one of the founding roots of our LLM alumni association and is often in contact with former students as she truly does believe that once students are members of Swansea University, they always will be. 

Outside of work, she loves to travel and takes every opportunity she can to learn and appreciate different cultures.