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Dr Gotthard Gauci

Lecturer in Maritime Regulation and Policy

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr Gotthard Gauci can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Law



LLD (Malta), LLM (Southampton) PhD (Wales)
Advocate (Malta)



Teaching interests

Law of Marine Insurance, Admiralty law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, International law of the Sea.




Articles and Book Chapters:
‘Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage from Ships’, in Rawson K., (ed.), The Carriage of Bulk Oil and Chemicals at Sea, (Institution of Chemical Engineers, 1994), 11-37 [ISBN 0-85395-318-6].

‘Limitation of Liability in Maritime law: An Anachronism?, Marine Policy, Vol.19, No. 1 (1995), 65-74. [ISSN 0308-597X]‘

The Abandonment of an Oil Tanker: Compensation and Insurance Implications’, Journal of Business Law, March 1995, 105-117, [ISSN: 0021-9460].

‘Liens in English Maritime Law’, Chapter XII in Vol. 2 of Benedict on Admiralty, (New York: Matthew Bender & Co., Inc.,, May 1995), 12-1 - 12-24. [ISBN: O -8205-1130-7].

‘Sommaire de quelques recentes decisions de justice britanniques’, Le Droit Maritime Francais, (June 1995), 493-498 [ISSN 0012-642X].

‘The Ikarian Reefer and the Law of Marine Insurance’, Journal of Business Law, November 1995, 613-617 [ISSN 0021-8460]

.‘Methods of Execution of Orders and Judgements in Malta’, chapter 16 in Kaye, P.(ed.), Methods of Execution of Orders and Judgements (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1996), 230-234 [ISBN 0-4721-9409-1].

‘Constructive Total Losses in the Law of Marine Insurance’, chapter 6 in Thomas, D.R.(ed.), The Modern Law of Marine Insurance, (Lloyd’s of London Press, August 1996), 201-213 [ISBN 1-85978-033-4]

.‘Liens in English Maritime Law’, Chapter XII in Volume 2 of Benedict on Admiralty, 2nd edition, (New York, Matthew Bender & Co. Inc., June 1996), 12-1 - 12-22 [ISBN 0-8205-1130-7).

(with Kutting, G.), ‘International Environmental Policy on Air Pollution from Ships’, Environmental Politics, Vol. 5, No., 2, 1996, pp. 344-351 [ISSN 0964-4016]..

(with Nielsen, D.,) ‘Zur Frage der sich aus dem Gebrauch von elektronishen Seekarten an Bord von Handelsschiffen ergebenden Haftungsproblematik, Transportrecht (5-97), 178-182 [ISSN 0174-559X].

‘Risk Allocation in the Charterparty Relationship: An Analysis of English Case-law relating to Cargo and Trading Restrictions’, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, (Vol. 28, No. 4, October 1997), 629-645, [ISSN 0022-2410].

‘Oil Pollution and Pure Economic Loss', The International Journal of Shipping Law, 1998, 285 - 288 [ISSN 1359 7701].

'The Obligation to Sue and Labour in the Law of Marine Insurance - is it time to amend the Statutory Provisions?' Parts I and II of the International Journal of Shipping Law, [ISSN 1359 7701] 2000, pp. 2-10, 87-94.

 'Ship-source Oil Pollution Damage and Recovery for Economic Loss', Journal of Business Law, July 2000, 356-361.

'"Paper Losses" in the Law of Marine Insurance', September 2000, Shipping and Transport Lawyer [ISSN 1464-4010]

(with Pace, J.) "Bunker Oil Pollution Damage Convention adopted at IMO", Shipping and Transport Lawyer, April 2001, p. 17 [ISSN 1464-4010].

"Causation Problems in Maritime Insurance Law”, The Shipping and Transport Lawyer December 2001, Vol. 3, Number 1, pp. 14 – 17.[ISSN 1464-4010]

"The Right of a Ship's Mortgagee in English law", in Davies I.R. (ed.), Security Interests in Mobile Equipment, pp. 155 – 180, Ashgate, Dartmouth, 2002 [ISBN 1-84014-792-X]

“The Changing Parameters of Compensation for Ship-Source Pollution Damage”, in Id-Dritt, Vol. XVIII, pp. 111-115, March 2002.

(with Pace, J.), “Compensation for Ship-Source Pollution Damage – An Analysis of Recent Developments”, Wales Law Journal, Vol. I, Issue 4, pp. 354-365, April 2002 [ISSN 1474 – 1709].

‘Liens in English Maritime Law’, Chapter XII in Volume 2 of Benedict on Admiralty, 3rd edition, March 2003, (New York, Matthew Bender & Co. Inc., December 2002 [ISBN 0-8205-1130-7).

(with Pace J.) “The International Convention On Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001”, Journal of International Commercial Law, Vol. 2 Number 1, pp. 103-126, August 2003 [ISSN Number 0-7546-2298-3].

“The Problem of Pure Economic Loss in the Law Relating to Ship-source Oil Pollution Damage”, WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs, April 2003, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp.79-88 (ISSN No. 1651-436X)

“The Sea Empress and the Special Status of Fishermen” [2003], Journal of Business Law, 609-615

“Preparations for the Entry into force of the HNS Convention”, Shipping and Transport Lawyer International, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp.10-12, 2004 (ISSN 1464-4010).

“Limitation of Liability – some reflections on an out-of-date privilege” pp. 47-61 in 23rd Volume (2005) of Annuaire de Droit Maritime et Oceanique (University of Nantes) [ISSN 1259-4926].

“Places of Refuge: Compensation for Damage Perspective”, Chapter 11 in Places of Refuge for Ships (edited by Chircop and Linden), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2006 [ISBN 9789004149526].

“The International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 - a Flawed Instrument?” The Journal of Business Law, 2009, 203-223, [ISSN 0021-9460].

”The U.K. Marine and Coastal Access Bill - A missed opportunity to enhance protection from marine environmental pollution?”, Marine Policy (2009), doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2009.10.005.

“Piracy and its Legal Problems: With Specific Reference to the English Law of Marine Insurance”, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Vol 41, No. 4, October 2010, 541-560.[ISSN 0022-2410]

‘Total losses and the peril of piracy in English law of marine insurance’, WMU Journal of Marine Affairs (2012) 11: 115-128, DOI 10.1007/s13437-012-0024-3.

“Causation in the English Law of Marine Insurance – the case for change”, Chapter 3 (pp. 53-68) in Meija, M. (ed.), Liber Amicorum. Professor PK Mukherjee (2013, Nova Publishers), ISBN 978-1-62808-127-5 (e-book).

“Compulsory Insurance under EC Directive 2009/20/EC – an adequate solution for victims, or is it also time for the abolition of maritime limitation of liability and the establishment of an international fund as an insurer of last resort?” Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, January 2014, pp. 77-96, [ISSN 0022-2410]

"Is it a Vessel, a Ship or a Boat, Is it just A Craft, or is it merely a Contrivance?", Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Vol. 47, No. 4, October 2016, pp. 479-499.[ISSN 0022-2410]

(with Aquiliina, K.,), "The legal fiction of a genuine link as a requirement for the grant of nationality to ships and humans - the triumph of formality over substance?" International and Comparative Law Review, 2017, Vol.17, No. 1, 167-191 (ISSN (print) - 1213-8770; ISSN (online) 2464-6601)

Forthcoming: "Of Piracy and General Average: Contribution in General Average for Ransom Payment occasioned by Piratical Activity", Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce [ISSN 0022-2410]


Oil Pollution at Sea: Civil Liability and Compensation for Damage, (1997, Wiley and Sons), xxx, 313 pages, [ISBN 0471 97066 2].

Co-editor with P.K. Mukherjee and M.Q. Mejia, Maritime Violence and other Security Issues at Sea, World Maritime University Publications, 2002, x, 270 pages, [ISBN 91-973372-5-0]