Giorgio Berlingieri pursued Maritime Law studies at the London University College in 1973, year in which he also graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Genoa with a thesis on “Safe ports and safe berths in time charters and voyage charters”. He continued his studies in Maritime Law at the New York University, at Tulane University, New Orleans, and at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in International Law at Berkeley University, Oakland, San Francisco. He is a lawyer and a senior partner at Studio Legale Berlingieri. He is also President of the Italian Maritime Law Association and Vice President of Comité Maritime International.


Professor Andrew Tettenborn joined Swansea Law School and the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law in 2010 having previously taught at the universities of Exeter (Bracton Professor of Law 1996-2010), Nottingham and Cambridge. Professor Tettenborn is a well-known scholar both in common law and continental jurisdictions. He has held visiting positions at Melbourne University, the University of Connecticut and at Case Law School, Cleveland, Ohio. He is author and co-author of books on torts, damages and maritime law, and of numerous articles and chapters on aspects of common law, commercial law and restitution


Howard Bennett read English and French Law at King's College, London and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). At a subsequent time he pursued postgraduate studies, again at King's College, before becoming a lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1989. He was appointed to the Hind Chair of Commercial Law in 2001. He is an honorary member of chambers at 7 King's Bench Walk. Howard Bennett's research and teaching interests lie in shipping and maritime law, insurance law (with a particular interest in marine insurance law), the law of international trade finance, general contract law, personal property law, and the law of agency.

Henning JESSEN

Henning Jessen studied law between 1996 and 2002 at the University of Kiel (including one year abroad at Copenhagen Business School 1999-2000). After graduating with the German First State Exam in Law (2002), he was accepted to postgraduate studies at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, USA (supported by a scholarship of the German-American Fulbright Association) obtaining an LL.M in Admiralty & Maritime Law. He wrote a doctoral thesis on “WTO Law and Developing Countries” receiving his doctorate in 2005 from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. Between 2008 and 2012, Henning Jessen taught Transport Law and Maritime Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Bremen, Germany.

Dimitrios KRANIS

Dimitrios Kranis is a Judge at the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) since August 2009. He has previously served as Assistant Judge at the Piraeus First Instance Court (1978-1979), as Judge of the Court of First Instance in the Courts of First Instance of Chalkidiki (1979-1981), of Thessaloniki (1981-1983), of Chalkida (1983-1986) and of Athens (1986-1992), as Judge-President at the Courts of First Instance of Karditsa (1992-1993) and of Athens (1993-1998), as Judge at the Courts of Appeal of Athens (1998-1999) and Piraeus (2000-2006) and as Judge - President of the Court of Appeal of Nafplio (2006-2008), while, by decision of the Supreme Judicial Council of the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos), having the rank of Judge - President of the Court of Appeal and subsequently that of Justice of the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos), he has served as President of the Three-member Administration Council of the Athens  First Instance Court from September 2008 until April 2010, when he took office as Judge at the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos). By decision of the Minister of Justice and after having been selected by decision of the Supreme Judicial Council of the Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) he has been appointed for three years term of office from 26.5.2016 as General Director of the National School of Judges, at which he teaches since 2006 matters of procedural law interest.


Dr. Klaus Ramming, born 1959 in San Francisco/California, has spent seven years at sea, ultimately as a chief mate, and holds a Master’s License for unlimited worldwide trade. After studying in Hamburg he was admitted to the bar in 1995 and immediately joined Lebuhn & Puchta.


He studied Law and Political Sciences at the University of Athens. He attended the LL.M. in Maritime Law in QMWC (QMUL), UCL. He practiced law in Athens for about five years. He is Judge since 1983. For many years he served as a Judge in the Department of Maritime Law in the Court of  First Instance and the Court of Appeal in Piraeus.


He is Professor of Civil Procedure Law at the University of Athens & Member of the Bar of Athens. He is a graduate of Universities of Athens (LL.B., 1976) and Köln/Germany, «summa cum laude» (PhD, 1982). He has been a member of the Bar of Athens Greece since 1979. He is a Lawyer at the Courts of First Instance since 1979 and at the Supreme Courts of the country since 1993. He is lecturer at the Law School of Athens University since 1990 and Full Professor since 2009. From 1993 to 1999 he is Chief of Legal Department of “Creta Bank S.A”, from 1999 to 2014 Chief Litigation Counsel of Bank “Eurobank Ergasias S.A” and from 2014 since today Head of Legal Services of General Division at the above Bank.

Bülent SÖZER

Dr. Jur. Bülent Sӧzer completed his LL.B. degree at Istanbul University (Faculty of Law) in 1965. Between 1968-1974 he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Maritime, Air and Insurance Law at Istanbul University Faculty of Law. He received his Ph.D. degree from the same university in 1973, with a thesis entitled “Duty of the Carrier to Provide a Seaworthy Ship”. Between 1996-2004 he lectured at Koç University Faculty of Law. Between 2003-2004, he lectured at Akdeniz University Faculty of Law as a visiting Professor.


Dimitrios Christodoulou is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the Law Faculty of the University of Athens and a member of the Piraeus Bar Association. A graduate of University of Athens School of Law, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, Faculty of Law, a LL.M. degree from Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A. and a LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, New York, NY, U.S.A. He teaches insurance law and maritime law at undergraduate level and marine insurance law and company law at postgraduate level. He has lectured on shipping law in the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies, on company law in the University of Southampton MBA Programme and on commercial contracts at the University of Athens, School of Law.

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