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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

Hon. John W. deGravelles

John deGravelles is a judge on the United Sates District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Prior to taking the bench he was 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 has served as 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 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).


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.


Malgosia Fitzmaurice

Dr. Fitzmaurice is professor of the Public International Law in the School of Law of Queen Mary College, University of London. She has also taught at law schools in the United States, Japan and at the International Maritime Institute in Malta. She is the editor-in-chief of International Community Law Review as well as of the book series “Queen Mary Studies in International Law” published by Martinus Nijhoff (Brill). Prof. Fitzmaurice is an expert on the law of treaties, indigenous peoples and international environmental law, including the protection of marine environment, biodiversity, and whaling. Her numerous publications on legal issues related to the international whaling regime include a book on the Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan) case to be published in 2015.


Özlem Gürses

Dr. Gürses is Associate Professor and member of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton Law School (UK), where she co-ordinates and teaches the LLM Maritime Insurance module. She studied law at Istanbul University (Turkey) and the University of Southampton. She has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hamburg (2014-2015), the National University of Kazakshtan (2013-2014) and teaches in the Maritime Law Institute's short courses program in Singapore. Prof. Gürses represents the UK at the Presidential Council of the International Insurance Law Association (AIDA) and is a member of the Reinsurance Working Party of AIDA. She recently published a student textbook on Marine Insurance law with Rutledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 

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.


Judge Thomas A. Mensah

Dr. Thomas A. Mensah is a former judge and first President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as well as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Legal Affairs and External Relations Division at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) who has taught at the World Maritime University in Malmö, the University of Leiden and the University of Hawaii. He continues to be a much sought-after expert on the law of the sea and presently serves as president of the arbitral tribunal in two cases pending in the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Arctic Sunrise Arbitration (Netherlands v. Russia) and The Republic of the Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China. In 2012 he was awarded IMO’s prestigious International Maritime Prize. Judge Mensah has been a member of the Institut de droit international since 1989.

François Bailet

Bio for Prof. Bailet is coming soon.

David Freestone

Bio for Prof. Freestone is coming soon.

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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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