George Theocharidis

Before joining WMU, Prof. Theocharidis was responsible for the legal support of the Shipping & International Division of a large Greek bank in the areas of Shipping Litigation, Ship Finance, Corporate & International Disputes. Prior to that, he acted as in-house and external legal counsel for Greek interest ship-owning companies.

In 2005 Prof. Theocharidis taught Maritime Law in the LL.M. course offered by a Greek educational institution in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire (UK). From 2006 until 2014, he had been teaching as a Fellow (non-permanent contract) at the Economic University of Athens the subjects, Maritime Law, Commercial Law, Bankruptcy Law, Negotiable Instruments, Law of Marine Insurance, EU Law. Since 2007 he is teaching as Visiting Professor at ALBA Graduate Business School at the American College of Greece the subject of Maritime Law in its shipping programmes. He has been invited to many countries (Cyprus, Israel) to give lectures on shipping matters. He has also been a speaker at various international conferences (Greece, The Netherlands, Turkey).

In 2000 he was accepted as a full member of the Hellenic Maritime Law Association and in 2004 he was accepted as a supporting member in the London Maritime Association of Arbitrators (LMAA).  He is a Member of the Piraeus Law Bar and a qualified advocate before Areios Pagos (Supreme Court), practicing extensively in the special field of maritime law.

In 2018 he was appointed Joint Rapporteur in the International Working Group of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) on Liability for Wrongful Arrest.

His research interests concentrate on Carriage of Goods by Sea, Marine Insurance, Conflict of Laws. He is the author of the books “Tort Liability of the Sea Carrier under Hague-Visby Rules” (2000), “The Co-ownership on Vessel as legal form for the exercise of maritime commercial activity” (2008) and co-author of “Maritime Law” (2015). He has also published several articles (“All About Freedom of Contract? Bunker Supply Arrangements Post-Res Cogitans in Global Context”, “Mechanisms of Protection From Non-Contractual Modes of Recovery in Sea Carriage – A Comparison Between Common Law and Civil Law Systems”, “Relationship between forum shopping and flag in satisfaction of security rights on a ship”, “Jurisdiction for Provisional Relief under the Brussels Convention in Maritime Context” et al.) His published research work in international referred periodicals (J.Mar.L&C., R.H.D.I.) has received numerous citations from jurisprudence and theory (Heidelberg Report).

He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) and a Ph.D. from Aristotle University (Greece).