GIRVIN, Stephen D


Ph.D. (Aberdeen), LL.M. LL.B. B.A. (Natal), Advocate (South Africa)

  • MPA Professor of Maritime Law
  • Director, LLM (Maritime Law)
  • Director, Centre for Maritime Law
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3573 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Maritime Law
Shipping Law
Company Law
International Commercial Law
Legal History

Subjects Taught

Carriage of Goods by Sea
Maritime Law
Law of Marine Insurance
Admiralty Law & Practice

Brief Biodata

Dr Stephen Girvin has been tenured Professor of Law at NUS since October 2008 and MPA Professor of Maritime Law from 1 August 2015. He was Vice Dean (Research and International Programmes) 2010-2011 and Vice Dean (Research) 2012-2014. He was appointed as the first Director of the Centre for Maritime Law (CML) from 1 January 2015.

Stephen has held faculty positions at the University of Aberdeen, the University of Nottingham, NUS, and the University of Birmingham, where he held a Chair in Maritime Law from 2006-2008. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Town, at the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, at the University of Sydney (Parsons Fellow), at Direito Getulio Vargas de Sao Paolo and, most recently, at the Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law in Hangzhou. With effect from 2015 he has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary University of London, where he teaches a course on Admiralty law annually. Stephen is also a Guest Professor of the International Shipping Law School, East China University of Political Science and Law.

Stephen's primary expertise is in the field of commercial maritime (shipping) law, although his interests also extend within the broader fields of international commercial law and company law and partnership law. He also retains a residual interest in legal history, particularly colonial legal history, the focus of his graduate work.

In the commercial maritime field, Stephen is a contributing author to the 14th edition of Marsden and Gault on Collisions at Sea (Thomson Reuters/Sweet & Maxwell), which was published in 2016, and sole author of Carriage of Goods by Sea 2nd ed (Oxford University Press, 2011), third edition in preparation. He has also contributed book chapters to Tomotaka Fujita (ed), The Rotterdam Rules in the Asia-Pacific Region (Shojihomu, 2014), D Rhidian Thomas (ed), A New Convention for the Carriage of Goods by Sea: The Rotterdam Rules (Lawtext, 2009), and D Rhidian Thomas (ed), Liability Regimes in Contemporary Maritime Law (Informa, 2007).

Stephen is a contributing editor with a team of authors from 7 King's Bench Walk writing Carver on Charterparties (Thomson Reuters/ Sweet & Maxwell), expected to publish later this year, and is currently working on the 8th edition of the leading work, Temperley on the Merchant Shipping Acts (Thomson Reuters/ Sweet & Maxwell), which will be published towards the end of 2017.

Stephen is a founding member of the Editorial Committee of the International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook, which is published as part of Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly (Routledge Informa). He is the Singapore Overseas Correspondent for Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Maritime Law (Lawtext).

In the company law field, Stephen is principal editor and author of Charlesworth's Company Law 18th ed (Thomson Reuters/Sweet & Maxwell, 2010). He was also a contributing author to the 17th edition of this work. Stephen is also a contributing author of Palmer's Company Law Annotated Guide to the Companies Act 2006 (Thomson Reuters/Sweet & Maxwell, 2007) and has been an editor of Palmer's Company Law (Thomson Reuters/Sweet & Maxwell) for nearly two decades.

Stephen speaks regularly at international and regional conferences and colloquia, in recent years in Beijing, Dalian, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tokyo, and in Aberdeen, Athens, Bergen, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo, Rotterdam, and Stockholm. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore (MLAS) and the British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) and is a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). He also acts from time to time as a consultant.

Representative Publications

1. Marsden and Gault on Collisions at Sea 14th ed (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, 2016), ISBN 97804140445750, 1150pp (with Simon Gault, Steven Hazelwood and others)

2. "English Shipping Law" in Francis Rose (ed), [2015] International Maritime & Commercial Law Yearbook (Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly) 112-166

3. "Transport Documents and Electronic Transport Records" in Tomotaka Fujita (ed), The Rotterdam Rules in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo, Shojihomu, 2014), 109-128

4. Carriage of Goods by Sea 2nd ed (Oxford University Press, 2011), ISBN 9780199589913, 871pp

5. Charlesworth and Morse's Company Law 18th ed (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell, 2010), ISBN 9781847039194 (with A Hudson & S Frisby), 836pp

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