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Susan Hawker LLB (Hons), LLM

Course Leader

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


    Susan has been an adjunct professor at the London Law Centre of the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA) for the last 20 years, and visiting lecturer at Cass Business School (City University) for 15 years. She is the course director of the BSc in Shipping, Trade & Transport at HST Akademie Hamburg. She has lectured for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ courses for 30 years, and more recently on an ad hoc basis for the UKSA’s MCA Yacht Masters’ qualification (Isle of Wight).

    In addition to her academic work, Susan speaks at and chairs commercial shipping seminars, and undertakes in-house legal training. She has been speaking regularly at both commercial and academic seminars for over 20 years.

    Susan is also academic consultant and examiner for the Grain & Feed Trade Association (GAFTA).

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    Industry experience

    Susan has a high profile in the shipping industry, and regularly chairs and speaks at seminars organised by the ICS, Informa, Gafta and City law firms. Follow the link below to find out more about Susan's industry background.

    Between 1989 and 1991, Susan was a claims advisor with CISBA P&I Club (then part of the Tindal Riley partnership).

    Between 1991 and1993, she established a start-up educational project for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers with the Hogeschool Rotterdam & Omstreken (the Netherlands).

    Susan delivers bespoke training programmes to commercial organisations on a national and international basis, as in recently:

    • February 2016 for the Grain & Feed Trade Association, Minneapolis
    • March 2016 for the Grain & Feed Trade Association and CBH Perth (Australia)
    • November 2018 for Thomas Miller (P&I), London

    Teaching experience

    • LLB (Hons) at various London universities
    • JD law degree at Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana, USA) London Law Programme
    • LLM at London Metropolitan University, and Westminster University
    • Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade & Maritime Law at London Metropolitan University, and World Maritime University
    • BSc Shipping, Trade & Transport at HST Hamburg (School of Shipping, within HBT Hamburg)
    • MSc Shipping, Trade & Finance at Cass Business School
    • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers’ qualifying courses leading to exams for Institute Membership
    • Various trade/commercial seminars and courses
    • Ad hoc guest lecturing at Edinburgh University Law School and Bologna University (Italy).

    Recent publications

    • Book review, Michael Bundock (editor), Shipping Law Handbook (2019) Informa Law Routledge for the Journal of International Maritime Law (March, 2019).
    • Author of chapter on International Sales for Commercial and Consumer Law: Pearsons (2nd ed 2013), edited by Professors Jason Chuah and Michael Furmston.
    • Authoring of several maritime law modules for various shipping distance learning courses for Informa plc, and of Legal Principles for the ICS.
    • Comments and articles to trade journals and newsletters.