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Professor of Law

Southampton Law School

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (Level 7)
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 03 September 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1439121JJ

Applications are invited for a Chair in Maritime Law at Southampton Law School (Level 7).

Southampton Law School is a vibrant and diverse community with an international reputation for excellence in education and research. Our academic community is shaping the future through its research, by engaging with the legal profession, business leaders and policy makers in the UK, EU and across the globe. Our research enriches our teaching, demonstrating real-world applications of law. 

We are part of the University of Southampton, a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, it is renowned for its innovation and enterprise. It is a founding member of the Russell Group - an organisation of 24 top UK universities committed to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.  

Southampton Law School is seeking to appoint a Professor of Maritime Law to provide inspirational academic leadership within the Law School, undertaking management, research and educational activities and developing the School’s profile within the UK and internationally. We would welcome applications from those with an interest in the following areas: Marine Insurance, Commercial Conflict of Maritime Laws, Ship Finance, and Maritime Arbitration. The successful applicant will be also expected to join the Institute of Maritime Law and participate in its growing research, enterprise, and professional training activities. 

You will be responsible for the support and development of the research activities of the Law School through sustaining and enhancing a significant national and international reputation for academic excellence in Maritime Law along with the continued excellence in teaching activities at undergraduate and postgraduate level, offering leadership in design and development of modules and programmes. 

Alongside this, you will provide management and leadership support as directed by the Head of School through the provision of expert advice and subject leadership along with performing strategic leadership and line management duties where required. 

You will possess a LLB or equivalent and PhD or equivalent professional qualification and experience, as well as having a significant national and international reputation in Maritime Law and a sustained record of excellence in research and teaching and learning activities including PhD supervision. 

The higher education sector in the UK is facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty at this time whilst also leading on efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud of the role the University of Southampton is continuing to play at the forefront of these efforts. This opportunity plays a key part in enabling the University to continue to make a global impact through its research and teaching. 

What we can offer you  

Based at our lively Highfield campus, you will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, as well as our sports complex, Hartley Library and Staff Social Centre.  Having secured a £300m bond investment we are committed to investing in the University’s future and long-term stability.   

We offer some fantastic benefits including equivalent to 44 days leave per year, options for flexible working, excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and carers leave), a wide variety of on and off-campus arts and culture facilities and access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers.   

The University of Southampton is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for delivering world-class research and creating a community that values independent thought.   

If you need any further assistance or information, please contact Prof Werner Scholtz (Head of School) at

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at Please submit details for 3 referees and include your CV, Cover Letter and Publication List with your application. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1439121JJ on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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