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Certificate in Shipping Business

Study the background to commercial, legal, technical and financial drivers in the shipping sector by tutored online learning

Starts 9 September 2020

Online Learning

Course Faculty - Delivering the thorough introduction to the business of shipping

Course Director

Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi

Dr Christodoulou-Varotsi is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in international maritime and EU law and policies. Focus on shipping regulations, including industry best practice, from the standpoint of maritime safety, marine environment protection and maritime labour standards. Qualified lawyer since 1995. Highly experienced law drafter. Course Director and industry trainer with Lloyd's Maritime Academy for many years. Currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training.

She has been included in the Woman of Influence issue of Maritime Economies magazine (February 2020) (Liberty Press).

Iliana’s areas of expertise and/or legal practice (Greek, Cypriot, English and French law) include:

  • international, EU and domestic maritime law and policies 
  • safety of maritime transportation and protection of the marine environment (EU Directives and IMO instruments)
  • maritime employment including international maritime labour standards and ILO MLC 2006
    registration of vessels
  • marine insurance and carriage of goods by sea

In her capacity as a consultant, she has notably advised ship-owning interests and has drafted numerous ratification statutes for the harmonisation of a major maritime country with EU law as well as for the ratification of ILO MLC 2006. She has spent seven years as a Professor at the School of Business of DEREE - The American College of Greece, after having taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Panteion University of Athens.

She is a graduate (Maîtrise) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France) and a holder of a postgraduate degree (D.E.A.) in European and international law from the same University. She is also a Doctor of Laws with the highest distinction (University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne). Her thesis addressed the adaptation of Greek and Cypriot maritime law to EC law (post-doctoral research experience, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law). She has published many books, including: Maritime Safety Law and Policies of the EU and the US: Antagonism or Synergy?(Springer/Germany) and Marine Pollution Control: Legal & Managerial Frameworks, Informa Law from Routledge (2018)

Course Author

Rory Addison LLM

Rory has over 45 years experience in the maritime industry including time with the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy, Lecturing, acting as a Maritime Advisor to Government and a Strategic Advisor in marine safety management. He holds a Masters Law degree (Maritime Law) from the University of Southampton and a Maritime Studies degree from University of Wales, whilst also having lectured in maritime law at Southampton Solent University.

Rory possesses a thorough knowledge of the shipping industry from general to specialised principles and practices of law, with particular interest including maritime law, law of the sea and commercial law, coupled with extensive knowledge of the maritime commercial and regulatory framework at the national and international level, maritime policy development, major international maritime conventions and the process around their implementation, application and amendment.

Course Contributors

Paul Wright

Paul Wright is a lecturer at the University of Plymouth and writes the Ship Management module of this course. He also contributes to several other courses including those of Lloyd's Maritime Academy sister division IBC Global Academy.

Leif Olliverre

Leif is a senior lecturer in maritime studies and maritime law.  He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and is the author of the Maritime, Commercial and Shipping Law module.

Matthew Marshall

Matthew is well known in shipping and insurance circles for his work on marine statistics and legal problems affecting relations between ship and cargo interests. Among these have been pioneering work on general average and conventions on carriage of goods by sea.  Matthew now works for a research and consultancy company where he is Technical Director.