Dr Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford
Senior Lecturer
LLM Shipping & Trade
Telephone: (01792) 543579
Room: Office - 101
First Floor
Digital Technium
Singleton Campus

Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford was appointed as a lecturer in commercial and maritime law in 2013. She is a graduate of Bristol University and holds a Masters degree in Law from Bristol (2008) and an LLM in Commercial and Maritime Law from Swansea University (2010). She is LPC qualified (Oxford University and Oxford Brookes).
She is currently researching for her doctoral thesis on civil liability regimes for offshore oil pollution damage and has published on the subject.
Her interests extend broadly through maritime, contract and tort law and her teaching experience includes undergraduate teaching in contract and tort law and postgraduate teaching in various aspects of maritime law.
Tabetha will be involved in the delivery of the new LLM module of Oil and Gas Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Admiralty Law


  1. Liability for offshore facility pollution damage after the Deepwater Horizon? What happened to the global solution?. The Journal of International Maritime Law 16(6), 453-474.


  • LA-123 Legal Methodology

    This module will be available only for visiting exchange students from Chinese partner universities.

  • LA-M01 Law of International Trade

    This module elaborates and analyses (a) the legal and commercial issues associated with international sale contracts; (b) the organization and content of such contracts; and (c) how parties can engineer satisfactory solutions through adjusting the terms of their agreement against a background of freedom of contract. The concentration will be on the rules of English law: but reference will be made where relevant to other regimes, including the Uniform Commercial Code and the 1980 Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods. We identify the principal categories of international sale and commodity contracts; in addition, we give extended attention to the main INCOTERMS promulgated by the International Chamber of Commerce. Our examination of the legal relationship between international sellers and buyers includes questions of general sales law; of ownership, title and risk; of the commercial and legal significance of transport documentation and insurance; and of the question of remedies. We will make time available time to discuss contemporary issues as they arise, such as the harmonisation of international trade law, and problems associated with containerisation and multi-modal transport.

  • LACM24 Commercial and Maritime Mooting

    The module adopts a holistic and practical approach to teaching international and transnational dispute settlement by using the medium of mooting. In particular, the module offers advocacy training and innovative teaching in commercial and maritime arbitration and adjudication. Teaching is offered through a combination of seminars and advocacy labs. The module employs audio visual study aids, a unique teaching method inspired by the Harvard Case Method. The syllabus covers key skills in oral and written advocacy in international and transnational arbitration and adjudication.

  • 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.

  • LAMM20 Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities

    The aim of this module is to provide an account of the contractual framework governing the production, sale and distribution of oil and gas. It deals with many of the unique commercial and financial arrangements engaged. The module also addresses liability matters which are commonly associated with daily operational hazards of the joint venture, including environmental damage and personal injury.

  • LAMM30 International Energy Law

    Energy is one of the driving forces of our prosperity, progress and mobility: it is the fundamental ingredient in many of the products that we use daily and the engine of economic growth in many parts of our globalised world.¿ Oil and gas is transportable, still relatively cheap and a comparatively abundant source of energy. With 60% of our oil and gas resources currently located offshore (with about 70% of the oil and gas reserves as yet undiscovered) and supplies on land increasingly nearing the end of their lifespan, offshore activity ¿ and all of its ensuing legal complications (coastal jurisdiction, regulation of exploratory activities and exploitation permissions) ¿ are set to increase. Growing in tandem is the increasingly important development of renewable energy. With international commitment to reduce the carbon footprint, the petroleum industry is seeking alternative means of exploiting our resources, from offshore wind, to current and beyond.


  • LOGIC Mobile Drilling Rigs Standard Form Contracts: An Analysis. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Tabetha Kurtz-Shefford
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Baughen

Research Groups

  • Member

    Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law