Professor Hilton Staniland B.A. (Hons) LLB LLM Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is also Professor of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. He was formerly a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, Head of the School of Maritime Studies at the University of Natal, and Director of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton.
Dr. Romero received a Law degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1995. She initiated her career as a lawyer working for the firm Rodríguez & Mendoza, Abogados and later at the Legal Department of Banco de Venezuela (Bank of Venezuela) in Caracas. She obtained a LL.M. degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, in the U.S. and in 2005 a Ph.D. from Hannover Universität in Germany.
Proshanto K. Mukherjee is Vice President Research, Director of Doctoral Programmes and ITF Professor of Maritime Safety and Environmental Protection. He is Co-Director of the WMU/Lund University joint LL.M. programme and is Honourary Research Fellow of Swansea University (SU) and Academic Coordinator of the joint WMU/SU Ph.D. programme in Maritime and Commercial Law. He is Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Human Resource Development of Chung-Ang University, South Korea. He is Chancellor of CINEC Maritime Campus, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Max Mejia is Professor in Maritime Law and Policy at the World Maritime University (WMU), where he has been a member of the resident faculty since 1998. Before joining WMU, he saw duty on board various naval and coast guard vessels as well as in shore-based facilities in the Philippines. His assignments included, inter alia, Commanding Officer of Port State Control Office Manila, Commander of Coast Guard Station Iligan, Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Maritime Development, and Assistant Chief of Staff for Navigational Safety.
Professor Donner qualified for the bar in Finland (vicehäradshövding) in 1977 and served on the bench as deputy judge and acting chief judge of the City Court of Mariehamn for several years in the late 1970’s. Professor Donner served the Sally Shipping group for 12 years, advancing from chief legal counsel and company secretary to deputy managing director with responsibility for the legal affairs of the group, which owned oil tankers, had ferry operations in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, and cruise operations in the Caribbean.