Baris Soyer

Professor Soyer is the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, with a principal research interest in the field of insurance, particularly marine insurance, and also has interests broadly throughout maritime and commercial law. He has been acting as the director of Shipping and Trade programmes at Swansea since 2004.He is the author of Warranties in Marine Insurance (2001), which won the Cavendish Book Prize in 2001 and was awarded the British Insurance Law Association Book Prize in 2002 for the best contribution to insurance literature. The second edition of this book, published in 2006, was instrumental in steering law reform in this area, and was cited extensively by the English and Scottish Law Commissions in their reports which led to the Insurance Act 2015.

Professor Soyer also published another monograph, Marine Insurance Fraud, in 2014. This book was also awarded the British Insurance Law Association Book Prize in 2015 making Professor Soyer the only author who won this prestigious Prize twice. In addition he has published extensively in the main journals in his field, including the Law Quarterly Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly, the Journal of Business Law, the Journal of Contract Law, Journal of International Maritime Law, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, Transnational Environment Law, the Journal of Maritime Law and the Commerce and Torts Law Journal. He is editor and contributor to Reforming Marine and Commercial Insurance Law (Informa, 2008), Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability (Informa, 2012); Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air (Informa, 2013), Offshore Contracts and Liabilities (Informa, 2014), Ship Building, Sales and Finance (Informa, 2015), International Trade and Carriage of Goods (Informa, 2016), Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Issues (Informa, 2017) Maritime Liabilities in a Global and Regional Context (Informa, 2018), New Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and Shipping Law in 21st Century (Informa, 2019), Ship Operations: New Risks, Liabilities and Technologies in Maritime Sector (Informa, 2020), Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Shipping: Developing the International Legal Framework (Hart Publishing, 2021), Disruptive Technologies, Climate Change and Shipping (Informa, 2022) and contributed to leading texts in the field such as Marine Insurance: The Law in Transition (2006), Liability Regimes in Contemporary Maritime Law (2007), Legal Issues relating to Time Charterparties (2008), Modern Law of Marine Insurance Volumes 2, 3, 4 and 5 (2002, 2009, 2015, 2022).

His teaching experience extends to the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including postgraduate teaching of Carriage of Goods by Sea, Charterparties: Law and Practice, Transnational Commercial Law, Marine Insurance, Oil and Gas Law and Admiralty Law. He is on the editorial board of Journal of International Maritime Law, Shipping and Trade Law and Baltic Maritime Law Quarterly. He has academic links with many institutions overseas and is a visiting professor at Lorraine University (France); Shanghai Maritime University (PR China), Jimei University (PR China) and Dalian Maritime University (PR China).