Melis Özdel joined UCL in August 2012 from the University of Southampton, where she was a lecturer in Maritime Law from 2010–12. She has taught academic and professional courses and has published in various areas of Maritime and International Trade Law.
Melis holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Southampton, where she was awarded a scholarship. She wrote her Ph.D thesis on incorporation of charterparty clauses into bills of lading under English and US law. Before her Ph.D studies, Melis qualified at the Turkish Bar Association and she then practised as an advocate in Turkey for two years in the areas of construction, media and carriage of goods by air. She received her LLB degree from Ankara University and LLM degree in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton. Melis is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, Turkey Bar Association and European Maritime Law Organisation.
Research Melis’s research interests are in Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Trade Law, Maritime Conflict of Laws and Jurisdiction and Arbitration. She is particularly interested in the interrelation between these areas.
Incorporation of Charterparty Clauses into Bills of Lading (forthcoming, Hart Publishing/Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft)
Forthcoming Book Chapters:
Carriage of Goods by Sea within the European Union
Carriage of Passengers by Sea within the European Union
Maritime Conflict of Laws and Jurisdiction within the European Union
all in Bieber R. and Haag M. (eds), EU Shipping Law (forthcoming Hart Publishing/Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft/C.H. Beck)
Articles and Book Chapters:
“Incorporation of charterparty clauses into bills of lading: Peculiar to maritime law?”, in Clarke M.A., Institute of Maritime Law Thirtieth Anniversary Book, Hart Publishing, 2013.
"Multimodal Transport Documents in International Sale of Goods” (2012) 7 International Company and Commercial Law Review 238–250
"Presumptions on the law governing the incorporation of forum selection clauses: Should the putative applicable law lead the way?” (2011) 4 Journal of Business Law 357–370
‘Serving notice under art. 16(c)(iii) of UCP600: A rejection or preclusion?’ (2010) 10 Shipping and Trade Law 3
‘The Rotterdam Rules in a nutshell’ (2010) Britannia News, with Johanna Hjalmarsson
‘Arrest of vessel: security or more than security?’ (2009) 9 Shipping and Trade Law 1–3
‘Multimodal Transport Documents in International Sale of Goods’, delivered at the Second Annual Oslo–Southampton–Tulane Colloquium on Multimodalism at Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, USA, on 17 September 2011
Carriage of Goods by Sea within the European Union: Where Next?, delivered at the European Maritime Law Organisation Seminar, on 3 May, 2013
Melis is convening an International Colloquium on European Maritime Law to be held at UCL, on 6-7 June 2014.
Current Teaching Graduate Carriage of Goods by Sea (convenor)
International Trade Law (convenor)
International Arbitration (co-convenor)
Supervision Melis welcomes approaches for supervision from prospective Ph.D students.