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Shengnan Jia

Research student Shengnan Jia

Shengnan's thesis relates to lien clauses in charterparties from common and civil law perspectives.

PhD Thesis Title: Lien as a Security Device and Contractual Remedy in Charterparties: Common and Civil Law Perspectives

Supervisors: Professor Jason Chuah and Dr Steven Truxal

Email: Shengnan.Jia@city.ac.uk

Shengnan's thesis relates to lien clauses in charterparties from common and civil law perspectives. Although the chartering standard forms have been widely employed in the shipping industry, a coherent understanding of the standard lien clause is far from certain. In particular, lien clauses have different connotations in the civil law and common law systems because of their different underlying philosophies. No comprehensive research concerning lien clauses under charterparties has been carried out so far. For this reason, serious research on this subject is necessary from both the theoretical as well as the practical perspectives given that this is an area of maritime law that represents virtually uncharted waters.

Education

  • LL.B., Beijing Union University
  • Master of Laws (LL.M. Civil Commercial Law), Graduate School, the Chinese Academy of Social Science. Thesis: Legal Research of Contract for the Benefit of Third Party
  • Master of Laws (a Two-Year combined degree); Lund University, Sweden and World Maritime University, Malmo. Thesis (distinctive): Incorporation of Arbitration Clauses under a Charterparty  and a Bill of Lading: English and Chinese Law Perspectives

Work Experience and Professional Associations

Currently, Shengnan serves as a partner at Tahota Law Firm, China. Before that, she was a partner at Beijing Beidou Dingming Law Firm and a lawyer at Beijing Zhongrui Law Firm.

At the same time, she is graduate teaching assistant, teaching English contract law and English land law at City, University of London, and a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University.

She is a co-founder of the China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association (www.cecca.org.uk) in London and Publishing Director of CECCA monthly newsletter (ISSN: 2631-3405 assigned by ISSN UK center). CECCA is a non-profit organization to create a friendly platform for scholars, practitioners and lawyers in Europe and China in law, international trade, finance and policy matters.

In addition, she has been invited to be a Chinese witness in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). She is also a supporting member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA); member of professional committee of Maritime Law of Beijing Municipal Lawyers Association; member of China Center (Maritime) supported by the School of Maritime Science and Engineering at Southampton Solent University and member of editorial board, Journal of Shipping and Ocean Engineering.

Conference Organization Experience

  • The Eighth Annual Maritime Law and Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group (LUMLP), City University of London, April, 2017;
  • The 2nd Annual Conference: Issues of Maritime Governance hosted by CECCA and Middlesex University, June, 2017;
  • The Ninth Annual Maritime Law and Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group (LUMLP), City University of London, April, 2018;
  • The 3rd Annual Conference: Issues of Maritime Governance Annual hosted by CECCA and Middlesex University, December, 2018 (forthcoming).

Conference Presentations and Papers

  • Incorporation of Arbitration Clauses in a Charterparty and a Bill of Lading: Chinese Cases In perspective”, The Fourth Annual International Research Seminar in Maritime, Port and Transport Law, University of Bologna, July, 2015;
  • “The Seemingly Unproblematic Notion of ‘Lien’ in Charterparties: in Common Law and Civil Law Countries”, The Seventh Annual Maritime Law and Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group (LUMLP), City University of London, 29, April, 2016;
  • Contractual Security Remedies in Charterparties: A Call For Harmonization Between Two Legal Systems”, Goldsmith Graduate Festival, Goldsmiths, University of London, 9, May 2016;
  • “The Seemingly Unproblematic Notion of ‘Lien’ in Charterparties: in Common Law and Civil Law Countries”, Postgraduate Research Forum, City University London, 13, May 2016;
  • “Collision and Oil Pollution Liability: International and Chinese Perspectives”, The Fifth Annual International Research Seminar in Maritime, Port and Transport Law, University of Bologna, July, 2016;
  • “Lien as a Security Device and Contractual Remedy in Charterparties: Common and Civil Law Perspectives”, the 9th European Colloquium of Maritime Law Research (ECMLR), Bilbao, September, 2016;
  • “The Shipowner’s Potential Liabilities When Invoking The Contractual Security Provisions Under the Charterparty”, The Eighth Annual Maritime Law and Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group (LUMLP), City University of London, April, 2017;
  • “Issues of Warranty Clauses Within Marine Insurance Policy: A Comparative Analysis of Legal Education Regarding English Law and Chinese Law”, International Conference On Maritime Policy, Technology and Education, Southampton Solvent University, 7-8, June, 2017.

Conferences

  • The Sixth Annual Maritime Law and Policy Postgraduate Research Conference, London Universities Maritime Law and Policy Group (LUMLP), City University of London, April 2015;
  • “Current Issues in Freight Forwarding: Law and Logistics”, Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law, University of Edinburgh, 3-4thSeptember 2015;
  • The Eleventh Annual International Colloquium on International Trade and Carriage of Goods: Emerging Issues and Legal Problems in Contemporary Practice”, Swansea University, 10-11th September 2015;
  • The Sixteenth WTO Annual Conference, Geneva, 10 June 2016.

Publications

  • Legal Issues Pertaining to Dormant Partner, Journal of Science & Times (Jan. 2006);
  • Analysis on the handling of cases involving standard terms in the trial with regard to an agency agreement, Journal of Science & Times (May 2008).
  • Incorporation of Charterparty Arbitration into Bills of Lading: Chinese Cases in Perspective” in New Challenges in Maritime Law, Massimiliano Musi (editor), Press: Bonomo Editore, Italy,Dec. 2015;
  • Collision and Oil Pollution Liability: International and Chinese Perspectives” in Current Issues in Maritime and Transport Law ( 2), Stefano Zunazelli and Massimiliano Musi (editors), Press: Bonomo Editore, Italy, Oct. 2016;
  • The Lien As A Security Device and Contractual Remedy in Charterparties: Common and Civil Law Perspectives” in New Trends In Maritime Law: Maritime Liens, Arrest of Ships, Mortgages and Forced Sale, Jose Manuel Martin Osante (editor), Press, Thomason Reuters, 2017.

Research Interests

Commercial Maritime Law, International Trade Law, Commercial Law, Company Law and International Investment Law