Professor Stefano Zunarelli is one of the most renowned European academics in the field of transportation law, air law and maritime law. He has always been accustomed to international contexts and, aside from teaching at the University of Bologna, he has taught, as visiting Professor, at many foreign universities.


Regina Asariotis is Chief of the Policy and Legislation Section in the Division on Technology and Logistics of UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, where she is responsible for the Secretariat’s mandated work in the field of transport law and policy, including research and analysis, technical cooperation and intergovernmental policy dialogue and negotiations. Substantive areas of work cover a broad range, including international trade and transport law, maritime security, marine environmental law and policy, as well as the implications of climate change for transportation (see


Ioannis Androulakis is Assistant Professor of Criminal Law & Criminal Procedure at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and attorney-at-law.

He is a national representative in the Implementation Team of UN Convention Against Corruption, member of numerous law-making committees, working groups and evaluation mechanisms of international organizations such as the Financial Action Task Force, the European’s Council task force against organised crime, the groups of Asset Recovery Office and the group of OECD against bribery.



Dr. Timagenis is the founding and senior partner of Timagenis Law Firm. He received his Degree in Law (LL.B.) from the University of Athens, 1969 – First Class Honours; Degree in Economics and Political Sciences from the University of Athens, 1971; he has a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea from UCL, University of London 1972; and he is Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in the Law of the Sea from the University of London, 1979.


Gaël Piette is Professor of maritime law, insurance law and contract law at the University of Bordeaux and researcher at CRDEI (Centre de Recherche et de Documentation Européennes et Internationales, Université de Bordeaux) and at IRJS (Institut de Recherche Juridique de la Sorbonne, département Sorbonne-Affaires-Finance, Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne).


Charles Debattista is barrister, member of 36 Group Firm. He is formerly Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Southampton (to 2011) and visiting Professor in the Faculty of Laws at University College London (ongoing). He is a bachelor and master graduate of University of Oxford.


Dr. Loukas Zygouros is a specialized Maritime Lawyer, entitled to plead before the Court of Appeal. He is a member of Athens Bar Association. He obtained his LL.B. and his PhD in the field of Maritime Law from Athens Law School and his LL.M. in Maritime Law from Cardiff University, U.K. He is a visiting speaker in Salvage Law and Carriage of Goods by sea in the LL.M. program of Athens Law School. He is also a Lecturer in Maritime Law in Athens University of Economics and Business (MSc in International Shipping, Finance and Management) from 2017. The main fields of his legal practice include Litigation and Legal Consultation both to individuals and legal entities in the fields of Civil, Commercial and Maritime Law.


George Gerapetritis is Minister for Cabinet and Professor of Constitutional Law at the Law School of the University of Athens. He studied in Athens (LL.B.), Edinburgh (LL.M.) and Oxford (D.Phil). He has been a visiting fellow at the University of Oxford and of London (London School of Economics και Institute of Advanced Legal Studies). He has been Fellow of the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece, of the British Council, of the US German Marshall Fund and of the French Council of State.


Gaute Sivertsen joined the IOPC Funds as Director on 1 January 2022, having been elected by the 1992 Fund Assembly for a term of five years.  In his previous role as Director in the Maritime Department of the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Gaute Sivertsen was responsible for maritime law, rules and regulations relating to maritime safety, security and seafarer issues. He was also responsible for the governance of the Norwegian Maritime Authority. He followed IOPC Funds’ matters and represented Norway at meetings of the Funds’ governing bodies for almost 30 years.  He gained experience in a leading role at the organisation in his capacity as the 1992 Fund Assembly Chair, a position he held for over 10 years, from 2011 to 2021. He was also responsible for coordination of all matters relating to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for almost 22 years. Gaute Sivertsen holds a law degree from the University of Oslo.

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