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Rosalie Balkin

Rosalie Balkin

Dr. Rosalie Balkin is presently Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) (London), a position she has held since 1998, and Secretary of IMO's Legal Committee. In July 2011, she was appointed IMO's Assistant Secretary-General. She was previously Assistant Secretary in the Office of International Law at the Federal Attorney-General's Department in Canberra, Australia. She has held academic posts at a number of universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa; Melbourne and New South Wales Universities in Australia, and the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Balkin will retire from IMO by the end of 2013.

Martin Davies

Martin J. Davies

Martin Davies is the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Maritime Law Center at Tulane Law School. Previously, he taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was Harrison Moore Professor of Law. Professor Davies has, since graduating from law school, taught law in England and in Australia, been a professional actor, and served as consultant to solicitor firms in West Perth and Melbourne. He serves on the Editorial Board of Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Melbourne Journal of International Law and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. His teaching is in the areas of admiralty, international sale of goods, and torts.

John deGravelles

John W. deGravelles

John deGravelles is a practicing attorney with extensive experience in international and domestic maritime tort law. In 2001, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and taught maritime private international law at the Aristotle University School of Law in Thessaloniki, Greece. He is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Louisiana State University Law School and a regular faculty member of Tulane Law School’s Summer Session in Rhodes, Greece. He is past president of the Louisiana Association of Justice (formerly Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) and is presently a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association, past chairman of the Admiralty Section of the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA) and a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a senior partner in the firm of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Frugé. L.L.P. He has been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer every year since its inception in 2007.


Richard J. Dodson

Mr. Dodson's primary area of practice is international maritime law, representing foreign seafarers in claims for personal injury, death, wages, repatriation and other claims for violations of their rights. Mr. Dodson represents the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) in the United States. He is on the Board of Directors of London-based Seafarers’ Rights International, an institute which studies and implements projects assisting seafarers around the world. Mr. Dodson is a frequent speaker at maritime seminars in the United States and Europe, having lectured at the IMO-IMLI (International Maritime Organization-International Maritime Law Institute), at the University of Malta Law School, at the 3rd Maritime World Conference and Exposition in Panama, and at Thessaloniki, Greece, to name a few. From 1987 to 2007, he was an Adjunct Professor at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice and has been teaching in Tulane’s summer program in Rhodes since 1987.

Gunther Handl

Günther Handl

(Dr.jur, 1968, Dipl. Dolm, 1969, University of Graz (Austria); LLB, 1973, Cambridge University; JSD, 1978, Yale University) Günther Handl is the Eberhard Deutsch Professor of Public International Law at Tulane Law School. He has also taught at law schools in North America, Europe and Japan. Prof. Handl is the recipient of the 1997 Elisabeth Haub Prize for exceptional accomplishments in the field of international environmental law. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law. He has served as consultant to various international organizations and governmental agencies. At Tulane, Professor Handl teaches the basic course in International Law, as well as International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea.

Neal Kling

Neal J. Kling

Neal Kling is a member of the firm of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C., in New Orleans, Louisiana with primary emphasis in the areas of commercial financing and business transactions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University and Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law Center. Mr. Kling is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Tulane Law School where he teaches in the maritime law program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Attorneys, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He also is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Business Law where he is the Chair of the Commercial Finance Committee. Mr. Kling has spoken extensively, both locally and nationally, on many diverse subjects including maritime finance, secured transactions, commercial transactions, and other areas related to his practice.

Timo Koivurova

Timo Koivurova

Timo Koivurova is Research Professor and Director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, Arctic Centre/University of Lapland, Finland. He teaches also at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Business Administration/University of Eastern Finland and the Faculty of Law/University of Turku. He is co-chair of the international environmental law interest group of the American Society of International Law and co-editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Polar Law. Prof. Koivurova specializes in various aspects of international law applicable in the Arctic and Antarctic region. He has written extensively and served as a legal expert, globally as well as in the Arctic region, on issues related to environmental protection, climate change, indigenous peoples, the law of the sea and the Arctic, the maritime policy in the EU, and the function and role of the Arctic Council.


Tullio Scovazzi

Tullio Scovazzi is professor of international law at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan, Italy. He frequently serves as legal expert of the Italian government or of the secretariats of international organizations or multilateral agreements, in international negotiations and meetings related to the law of the sea, cultural matters or human rights. He has published extensively in the field of the law of the sea and international environmental law. Prof. Scovazzi is one of the world’s leading experts on the international law governing underwater cultural heritage.



Litsa Kozyris

Litsa Kozyris holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Ohio State University. She taught for many years and served as the Superintendent of the Greek Language School in Columbus, Ohio.

Janice Sayas

Janice R. Sayas

Janice Sayas is the Program Coordinator for the Greece Summer Abroad program. She also provides administrative and clerical support to Law Faculty. She can be reached at or (504) 865-5981.

Institutional Partner

Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law

Dr. Nikos Skourtos

Dr. Skourtos is Director of the Aegean Institute. He completed legal and sociological studies at the University of Gottingen, Federal Republic of Germany (Dr. jur., University of Göttingen). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of Rhodes, president of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association of Rhodes, and a delegate to the Human Rights Coordinating Committee of the Greek Bar Association.

Spyros Loupis

Spyros Loupis is the administrator of the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law.  He is responsible for organizing all of the Institute’s activities and is editorial assistant for the Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law.  He is a graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business Science.

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