Leonidas Demetriades Eugenides was born in Athens in 1958. He has got B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Athens and M.Sc in Transport Economics from PCL of London. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Transport M.C.I.T. He has been elected Member of the Board of the Union of Greek Shipowners as from 1996, Secretary of the Union of the Greek Shipowners from February 2000 through February 2003 and Treasurer from February 2003 through February 2012.


Andrew Cutler joined Tindall Riley (Britannia) Ltd, managers of The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association Limited, in 2006. Working initially on the claims side, he took over as CEO in July 2012.

John Arnold WITTE Jr

Full Time with DONJON Marine, co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ) since 1982, Mr. Witte is currently Executive Vice President and Senior Salvage Master. In that role, he has day-to-day operations oversight of Donjon’s Marine Salvage, Demolition, Marine Transportation and Heavy Lift Operations.

Christine BERG 

Dr. Christine Berg heads the Maritime Safety Unit of the Directorate General for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. The unit strives to develop and implement policies and legislation for the promotion of quality shipping and for the prevention of accidents and pollution caused by ships.


Dr Lemonia Tsaroucha is a lawyer for the Maritime Safety Unit of the European Commission's Directorate General for Mobility and Transport since December 2011. She is responsible for civil liability, insurance and compensation matters, and she advises on several aspects of maritime safety regulation and EU external relations linked to maritime transport. She has also been a member of the drafting team of the EU Operational Guidelines on Places of Refuge, adopted in 2015. 


Professor Huybrechts obtained his Doctorate degree from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1964 and continued his studies in the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar, where he obtained a LL.M degree from Berkeley. He started his academic career in 1971 when he was appointed as professor of Law at the Antwerp University (UFSIA). In 2005 he was appointed as auxiliary justice at the Antwerp Court of Appeal up to retirement age in 2008. In the past he was also an auxiliary judge at the Court of First instance in Antwerp and from 1975 till 1978 he was a full time judge at the Commercial Court of Antwerp. Since 2006 he is an arbitrator in the International Maritime Conciliation and Mediation Panel (London). Professor Huybrechts is the editor for transport law of the Encyclopaedia of International Law (Kluwer publishers) and a member of the advisory Board of the International Journal of Maritime Law.


Aldo Chircop received a Doctorate in the Science of Law (JSD) from Dalhousie University in 1988. He is Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law and a member of the Nova Scotia Bar. Dr Chircop's principal areas of research are in Canadian maritime law, international maritime law and international law of the sea. In particular, his maritime research focuses on the international regulation of shipping in polar regions, especially in the Arctic. He is Chair of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Polar Shipping. His previous positions included directorships of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW), Marine Affairs Program (MAP), International Ocean Institute (IOI) and the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta.


Thomas J. Schoenbaum holds a B.A. degree from St. Joseph's College (Indiana); a D.E.S.S. in Philosophy (Diplôme d'etudes supérieures specialisées) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium); a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree in law from the University of Michigan; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (U.K.). He is currently Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University School of Law and Fellow of the Center for Law, Economics and Finance, George Washington University. He also serves as Special Counsel to the Noda General Law Offices, Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

Elena - Cristina OGUIZA

Elena C. Oguiza practices maritime law in Seattle, Washington. She represents shipowners, underwriters, third party administrators, fishing companies, and other maritime employers. She studied port state control while in law school and provided legal advice to the Port of Seattle and the United States Coast Guard. Ms. Oguiza is currently coordinating the 2018 John R. Brown Maritime Moot Court Competition. She edited the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, and other legal publications. She holds a Pro-bono Service Commendation, and is certified in workplace dispute resolution by the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, Washington. Ms. Oguiza will address safety issues relating to the vessel at this year's International Conference of Maritime Law. Her presentation will provide legal advice to ship operators calling on United States ports.  



Nikolaos Th. Konstantinidis, was born in Piraeus. He graduated from the Law School of Athens University. Ηe acquired a postgraduate diploma in private law «Dea de droit privé» and prepared a  Doctorat at the University of Poitiers, in France, 1994, with degree «cum laude»-«très honorable»: «L’ intervention du secteur public dans les entreprises privées en difficulté», published by A. Sakkoulas - Bruylant 1996, with introduction of Prof. Thanassis Liakopoulos. He is a attorney at  law entitled  to plead before the Supreme Court and a member of Piraeus Bar Association.  He has also been a lawyer in the Piraeus Port Authority since 1987 (he has been Head of the Legal Department of Contracts and Legal Opinions since 2010). In 2003, he represented the Piraeus Bar Association in the «Green Law» Seminar organized by the Madariaga European Foundation in Brussels, presenting the report (in French and English language) «The  protection of the marine environment against maritime casualties in European and International Law».

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