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Martin DaviesMartin J. Davies 
Martin Davies is the Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Maritime Law Center at Tulane Law School. Previously, he taught at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he was Harrison Moore Professor of Law. Professor Davies has, since graduating from law school, taught law in England and in Australia, been a professional actor, and served as consultant to solicitor firms in West Perth and Melbourne. He serves on the Editorial Board of Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Melbourne Journal of International Law and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. His teaching is in the areas of admiralty, international sale of goods, and torts.
John W. deGravellesHon. John W. deGravelles
John deGravelles is a judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Lousiana. Prior to taking the bench he was a practicing attorney with extensive experience in international and domestic maritime tort law. In 2001, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and taught maritime private international law at the Aristotle University School of Law in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Louisiana State University Law School and a regular faculty member of Tulane Law School's Summer Session in Rhodes, Greece. He is past president of the Louisiana Association of Justice (formerly Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association) and member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Justice. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association, past chairman of the Admiralty Section of the American Association of Justice (formerly ATLA).
mwessman2Mark B. Wessman 
Professor Wessman, a Tulane Faculty Member since 1987, specializes in contracts, secured transactions and bankruptcy law. He has co-authored successive editions of a textbook on secured transactions and has written articles on the doctrine of consideration and general contract theory. He also has been a visiting faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law, the University of South Carolina School of Law and New York Law School. Before starting his teaching career, he clerked at the U.S. District Court in California and practiced commercial litigation in Atlanta, Georgia. The graduating classes of 1991 and 1999 chose him for the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching, the law school's most prestigious teaching honor.
Günther HandlGünther Handl
(Dr. jur, 1968, Dipl. Dolm, 1969, University of Graz (Austria); LLB, 1973, Cambridge University; JSD, 1978, Yale University) is the Eberhard Deutsch Professor of Public International Law at Tulane Law School. He has also taught at law schools in North America, Europe and Japan. Prof. Handl is the recipient of the 1997 Elisabeth Haub Prize for exceptional accomplishments in the field of international environmental law. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law. He has served as consultant to various international organizations and governmental agencies. At Tulane, Professor Handl teaches the basic course in International Law, as well as International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea.  

Professor ForceRobert Force 
Robert Force is the Niels F. Johnsen Professor of Maritime Law at Tulane Law School and the Founding Director and now Director Emeritus of the Tulane Maritime Law Center. He teaches Admiralty, International Commercial Arbitration and other related courses. He is the author of several books on Admiralty including a Handbook for Judges published by the Federal Judicial Center. He has published numerous articles on Admiralty and Maritime Law. 

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Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law

Dr. Nikos Skourtos 

is the Director of the Aegean Institute. He completed legal and sociological studies at the University of Gottingen, Federal Republic of Germany (Dr. jur., University of Göttingen). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of Rhodes, president of the Human Rights Committee of the Bar Association of Rhodes, and a delegate to the Human Rights Coordinating Committee of the Greek Bar Association.

Spyros Loupis 

is the administrator of the Aegean Institute of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. He is responsible for organizing all of the Institute's activities and is editorial assistant for the Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law. He is a graduate of the Athens University of Economics and Business Science.

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