Professor Baris Soyer
Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law
LLM Shipping & Trade
Telephone: (01792) 295125

Professor Soyer was appointed as a lecturer at Swansea in 2001 and was promoted to readership in 2006 and professorship in 2009. He was appointed as the Director of the Institute of Shipping and Trade Law at the School of Law, Swansea in October 2010. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Exeter. He is currently the Head of the Department of Shipping and Trade Law and is involved in the teaching of the following modules in our LLM programme: Admiralty Law, Marine Insurance Law and Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities. His principal research interest is in the field of insurance, particularly marine insurance, but his interests extend broadly throughout maritime law and contract law. Apart from writing two monographs, he published extensively in elite journals such as Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Journal of Business Law, Torts Law Journal and Journal of Contract Law. He is one of the editors of the Journal of International Maritime Law and is also on the editorial board of Shipping and Trade Law and Baltic Maritime Law Quarterly.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial and Maritime Law
  • Insurance Law


  1. Autonomous Vessels and Third-Party Liabilities—The Elephant in the Room. In Barış Soyer and Andrew Tettenborn (Ed.), New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in the 21st Century. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
  2. (Eds.). Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Legal Issues. Oxford, UK: Informa Law.
  3. (Eds.). Maritime Liabilities in a Global and Regional Context. Oxford, UK: Informa Law.
  4. & Temporal Limits of the Athens regime- Potential Conflicts between International and Domestic Legal Regimes. In Maritime Liabilities in a Global and Regional Context. (pp. 55-71). Oxford, UK: Informa Law.
  5. & Emerging Regulatory Response to IUU Fishing. In Strengthening International Fisheries Law in an Era of Changing Oceans. (pp. 393-420). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

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  • LACM31 Employability Skills in the Commercial and Maritime Industry

    This module provides LLM students with the key skills that are required to succeed in degree level study in the discipline of maritime and commercial law. This module provides practical guidance in written and oral communication skills necessary to succeed in the careers following the completion of the LLM. Students are introduced to the skills needed in applying for jobs and/or moving forward in a career path, including how to recognise and make the most of experience, learning, and knowledge and how to promote themselves effectively, including ways of qualifying as a practicing lawyer in England & Wales. The module is supported by outside speakers who share their expertise with our LLM students, give them an insight of their commercial and maritime practice.

  • LAMM01 Admiralty Law

    This module concerns a practical aspect of maritime law which was developed by the Admiralty Court of England and Wales and which has subsequently influenced many countries in the world. The aim of the module is to provide students with a practical and critical knowledge of those aspects of maritime law relating to the running of the ship. The module is in two parts. Part one deals with substantive areas of maritime law such as the law of collisions, harbour law, pilotage, salvage, general average, carriage of passengers and limitation of liability. Part two focuses on enforcement of maritime claims through the practice and procedure of the Admiralty Court, including arrest, jurisdiction and maritime liens. Also, contemporary public law issues that have a bearing on ship operations, such as ship registration and port state control, are also considered in this module.

  • 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.

  • LAMM03 The Law of Marine Insurance

    This module provides an introduction to the foundations and basic concepts of the law of marine property insurance, i.e. the insurance of ships, cargoes and freight. The law considered is predominantly English law, although it is of international relevance for two reasons. First, principles of English marine insurance law are to be found in many Commonwealth jurisdictions and is recognised as authoritative in the United States. Secondly, forms used in London Insurance market are to be found in 2/3 of the world's markets (according to the UNCTAD) and the US forms show marked similarities. English marine insurance law is based upon the Marine Insurance Act 1906 as modified by the Insurance Act 2015. Most provisions of the Act, however, are frequently subject to contrary agreement between the parties and the Act does not address the perils against which cover is provided. Accordingly, considerable emphasis is placed on the standard clauses of the International Underwriting Association of London where much of the substance of modern marine insurance contracts is to be found. Throughout the module, the respective positions, rights and duties of assureds and insurers are analysed, as also are the concepts of indemnity, subrogation and co-insurance.


  • Charterer's Liability Insurance; an Evaluation of the Charterer's Liability Insurance Options. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Georgios Leloudas
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer
  • Not at this stage. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Tettenborn
    Other supervisor: Dr Youri Van Logchem
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer
  • Cyber Risks, Potential Liabilities and Insurance Responses in the Marine Industry (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Georgios Leloudas
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer
  • Carrier's Liability under the Rotterdam Rules - A Guide for Reforming Chinese Maritime Code (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Richard Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer
  • 'Legal issues Concerning Delivery and Redelivery of the Vessel in Time Charterparties.' (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Mr Richard Williams
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer
  • 'Impact of Piracy on Shipping Contracts' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Georgios Leloudas
    Other supervisor: Prof Baris Soyer

Key Grants and Projects

  • Insurance Aspects of Illegal Fishing, Waterloo Foundation 2015 - 2016

  • Reforming Utmost Good Faith Duty in Insurance Law, Nuffield 2007 - 2009

Research Groups

  • Director

    Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of International Partnerships

    2012 - Present

  • Director of International Shipping and Trade Law

    2010 - Present

  • Head of Postgraduate Legal Studies Department

    2013 - 2015

  • Head - Department of Shipping and Trade Law

    2015 - Present

  • Director of Taught Masters Degrees

    2004 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Fellow, University Queensland (Australia)

    2008 - 2008

  • Visiting Professor, Exeter University (UK)

    2008 - 2010

  • Visiting Professor, Shanghai Maritime University (PRC)

    2012 - Present

  • Visiting Professor, Dalian Maritime University (PRC)

    2013 - Present

  • Visiting Professor, Lorraine University (France)

    2014 - Present