Frank Smeele graduated in European Studies and in Dutch Law at the University of Amsterdam in the year 1991. Before his graduations at the University of Amsterdam, he graduated in English Law at the University of Kent in 1990. After several years as a university lecturer he obtained his Doctoral degree in 1998 at the Erasmus University Rotterdam for a PhD-thesis on the identity of the carrier under bills of lading written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Haak. In 1998 Frank Smeele was appointed as a lawyer at the Van Traa Advocaten Law firm, at which he was a partner from 2004 to 2007. Alongside his work as a lawyer he was appointed Professor in Internationaal Zeerecht (International Law of the Sea) at the Erasmus University.