UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Melis Ozdel

Dr Melis Ozdel


Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Aug 2012

Research summary

Dr Ozdel has written extensively in the areas of international trade law, carriage of goods by sea, international commercial arbitration and conflict of laws and jurisdiction. She 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 the news editor for Tulane Maritime Law Journal and International Company and Commercial Law.

Her knowledge transfer and exchange activities have, over the years, been diverse. She  has been invited to speak at a number of high-profile maritime events, including:

  • The International Malaysian Society of Maritime Law, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (12 April 2017), paper entitled “Res Judicata and Maritime Arbitration”
  • The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration Conference, Singapore (23 October 2015), paper entitled “Embracing the Past, Looking to the Future – London as the World’s Centre of Maritime Arbitration”
  • Comité Maritime International Annual Conference, Istanbul (9 June 2015), paper entitled “EU Shipping and Transport Law: Recent Developments”
  • Brazil Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro (26–27 August 2015), paper entitled “The Rise and Fall of Anti-suit Injunctions within the EU. The Maritime Law Conference”
  • The Annual Roebuck Lecture, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London (4 June 2015), paper entitled “Is the Devil in the Detail? A Maritime Perspective on Incorporating Arbitration Clauses”
  • The London Maritime Arbitrators Association Spring Seminar, London (6 May 2015), paper entitled “The Incorporation and Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements”

Teaching summary

Dr Ozdel is the Course Convenor for the International Trade Law and Carriage of Goods by Sea modules and co-convenes the International Arbitration Law module. She is also the chief examiner for the Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Trade Law modules on the University of London International Programme.


University of Southampton
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2011
University of Southampton
Other higher degree, Master of Laws | 2006
Ankara Universitesi
First Degree, Bachelor of Laws | 2004


Dr Ozdel is Director of the UCL Centre for Commercial Law. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a supporting member of the LMAA (London Maritime Arbitrators' Association).