Dr Stephen Girvin has been 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 also been appointed a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, London.
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 sole author of Carriage of Goods by Sea 2nd ed (Oxford University Press, 2011), third edition in preparation, and has 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). He is a contributing author to the 14th edition of Marsden's Collisions at Sea (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell), which is due to publish sometime in 2015.
Stephen is currently working on the 8th edition of the leading work, Temperley on the Merchant Shipping Acts (Thomson/ Sweet & Maxwell), which is expected to be published towards the end of 2016, and is a contributing editor with a team of authors from 7 King's Bench Walk writing Carver on Charterparties (Thomson/ Sweet & Maxwell), also due to publish sometime in 2016.
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 also the Singapore correspondent for Lloyd's Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly and serves as a member of the Editorial Boards of the Aegean Review of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Law (Springer) and 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/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/Sweet & Maxwell, 2007) and has been an editor of Palmer's Company Law (Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell) for nearly two decades.
Stephen speaks regularly at international and regional conferences and colloquia, in recent years in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Sydney, and Tokyo, and in Aberdeen, Bergen, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Oslo, Rotterdam, Shanghai, 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 is an Observer to the Legal & Insurance Committee of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and also acts from time to time as a consultant.