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Diploma in Maritime Law
Starting 28 November 2022
Delivered by digital learning over 12 months

Dr. Melis Ozdel
Director of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law, Consultant Lawyer at Birketts LLP


Dr. Melis is an expert in Shipping, International Trade Law, Conflict of Laws and Jurisdiction and International Commercial Arbitration. She is the specialism convenor for Maritime Law studies at UCL, and director of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law. Alongside her academic life, Melis is also a consultant lawyer at Birketts LLP, and she takes instructions on legal matters in these fields, including:

  • Charterparty disputes
  • Cargo claims (under bills of lading or other types of transport documents)
  • Commodities trading
  • International sale of goods
  • Letters of credit
  • Marine Insurance
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Sale of ships
  • Shipbuilding contracts

Melis is the editor and co-author of Commercial Maritime Law (2020, Hart Publishing), author of Bills of Lading Incorporating Charterparties (2015, Hart Publishing) and co-author of EU Transport Law (2016, Hart-Nomos-Beck). She is also the founder of the UCL Autonomous Shipping Project, which was launched in a bid to start an open and diverse debate on the future of autonomous shipping from a legal perspective. The project has a website (

At UCL, Melis convenes the two core shipping modules, carriage of goods by sea and international trade law, and co-convenes the international arbitration law module.  She also delivers seminars to legal professionals and those working in the shipping and trade industry.

Melis is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a supporting member of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association), and a member of the CMI (Comite Maritime International) Working Group on Unmanned Vessels.