Professor Dr. Cachard graduated in 1997 from Université Paris Panthéon-Assas, where in 2001, he obtained his PhD for his doctoral thesis. After his success at the agrégation de droit privé, he was appointed Tenured Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of Nancy in 2003.


Gregory Timagenis is Attorney at law entitled to plead before the Supreme Court. He received a Degree in Law, as well as a Degree in Economics and Political Sciences from the University of Athens (1969 and 1971 respectively);Ηe has a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea from University College London (1972) and Ph.D. in the Law of the Sea from the University of London (1979). He acts as arbitrator in arbitrations of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is President of the Hellenic Association of Maritime Law and member of the Panel of Maritime Arbitrators of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and a former member of the Executive Council of Comité Maritime International (CMI) (from 2000 until 2008).

Rosalie BALKIN

Rosalie Balkin recently retired from the International Maritime Organization after serving that Organization for fifteen years as the Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division and, more latterly, as Assistant Secretary-General. Prior to joining IMO, she held a number of positions in the Australian Federal Government Public Service, including as Principal Legal Adviser in the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s Office and as Assistant-Secretary in the Office of International Law. She began her legal career as an academic lawyer, initially at her alma mater, “Wits” University in Johannesburg, South Africa then, after immigrating to Australia in 1977, she continued her academic career at the Law Faculties of Melbourne and New South Wales Universities. 


Grant Hunter is Chief Officer for Legal and Contractual Affairs at BIMCO, responsible for the development, revision and promotion of BIMCO’s wide range of standard contracts and clauses. Recent projects include the development of BIMCO’s Standard Shipbuilding Contract, NEWBUILDCON,


Professor Hilton Staniland B.A. (Hons) LLB LLM Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is also Professor of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. He was formerly a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, Head of the School of Maritime Studies at the University of Natal, and Director of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. Professor Staniland is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and of the High Court of Lesotho and a member of the Advisory Board of Seafarers’ Rights International.


Alexandra is a Senior Claims Director for Thomas Miller for P&I and FD&D claims.  Before joining Thomas Miller in 1994, Alexandra worked for Athens and London based Law Firms specialising in Maritime Law, as well as a ship-owning firm, and has also had a 6 months sea faring experience on a bulk carrier. She is a qualified Greek and English solicitor and holds an LL.M. (Maritime Law) – University of Southampton, U.K. She studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She was admitted in The Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a member of the Piraeus Bar. Her fields of expertise are sanctions, maritime pollution, maritime casualties, bill of lading issues, general average, charterparty disputes, newbuilding disputes.


Maria Gavouneli is attorney-at-law at the Athens Bar Association, Assistant Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London. After the completion of her studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens she studied at the University of Cambridge, where she received an LL.M. in International Law and a Ph.D. Degree in International Environmental Law. She also associate at the Hellenic Institute of International & Foreign Law and Visiting Professor and lecturer in several Universities and research institutions in Greece and abroad, including the University of London, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University (USA, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)  and  the University of Edinburgh.


George N. Michalopoulos is Professor of Commercial Law with senior full-time tenure at the Law School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, teaching mainly Insolvency Law, General Commercial Law and Banking Law, and Director of the Second Department of Private Law. He holds an LL.B. from the Law School of Athens, an LL.M. from the University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Ph.D. Degree from the same University (1983). He is barrister at law entitled to plead before the Supreme Court, Legal Counselor and Head of the Legal Department (Sector of Research, Jurisprudence and Documentation) of the National Bank of Greece.


Professor Philippe Delebecque is a graduate from the University of Aix-Marseille (France) where he obtained his PhD in 1981 for his Doctoral thesis on Exemption clauses in civil and commercial contracts. In 1992, he was appointed Professor of Private Law at Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) Sorbonne law school, where he is also the director of the Contracts and Real Estate Master. Professor Delebecque teaches courses in civil law and commercial Law and he has been visiting professor at several Universities. He is member of French Marine Academy, President of French Association of Air and Spatial law, Vice President of French Association of Maritime law and President of Maritime Arbitration Chamber of Paris. He is a consultant for law firms and he is an arbitrator through ICC, Paris International Arbitration Chamber and ad hoc arbitrations.


Cornelia Delouka-Iglesi is Professor of Economic Law at the Department of Business Administration of the School of Economics, Business and International Studies of the University of Piraeus. She holds an LL.B. from the University of Athens, a degree in Business Administration from the University of Piraeus and a Ph.D. (with highest honours) from the Law School of the University of Thrace. She also studied European Consumer Protection Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). She has several times served as senior researcher in research Programmes of the European Union and as organizer and scientific supervisor of training seminars of the University of Piraeus Research Centre. She is Αttorney-at-law at the Athens Bar Association since 1986 and full member of the Independent Authority “Greek National Authority of Assisted Reproduction”.

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