The Institute's Library

The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) has a research library dedicated to commercial and maritime law. This Library, which is situated in the Richard Price Building on the Singleton Campus, hosts over 2,000 specialised texts (monographs, law reports and journals) relating to shipping and trade law, and is open for the use of its members, PhD students and academic visitors.

Following the sudden and unexpected loss of Dr Theodora Nikaki in 2018, the School took the decision to officially name the Library in her honour. It is now known as the “Dr Theodora Nikaki Library of Shipping and Trade Law”.

a smiling photo of the late Dr theodora nikaki

The work of Dr. Nikaki

Dr Nikaki’s main publications included:

  • ‘Enhancing Standardisation and Legal Certainty through Standard Charterparty Contracts- The NYPE 2015 Experience’ published as Chapter 5 in Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Legal Issues (2018, Informa Law) (with Dr Professor B. Soyer), 67-89.  
  • ‘Slow Steaming and International Trade’  published as Chapter 2 in International Trade and Carriage of Goods (Informa 2017), 15-34.
  •  'Financing Newbuilding Vessels and BARECON 2001: A Fair Deal' published as Chapter 12 in Ship Building, Sales and Finance (Informa 2015), 212-240.
  • ‘The Quest for An International Multimodal Transport Convention: Does the CMR Liability System Fit the Bill? published as Chapter 11 in Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air: Unimodal and Multimodal Transport in 21st Century (2013, Informa), 191-216.
  • 'Bringing Multimodal Transport into the New Century: Is the Uniform Liability Scheme the Way Forward?', (2013) 78 Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 69-119.
  • ‘A New International Regime for Carriage of Goods by Sea: Contemporary, Certain, Inclusive, and Efficient, or Just Another One for the Shelves?" (2012) Berkeley Journal of International Law, 303-348 (with Professor B. Soyer).
  • 'Himalaya Clauses and the Rotterdam Rules' (2011) Journal of International Maritime Law, 20-40.
  • 'The Carrier’s Duties under the Rotterdam Rules: Better the Devil You Know?,'  (2010) Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 1-44.
  • 'The statutory Himalaya-type protection under the Rotterdam Rules-Capable of filling the gaps?' (2009) Journal of Business Law 403-421. 
  • 'The fundamental duties of the carrier under the Rotterdam Rules' (2008) Journal of International Maritime Law, 512-523
  • 'Conflicting Laws in "Wet" Multimodal Transport: The UNCITRAL Draft Convention on Carriage of Goods [Wholly or Partly] [by Sea]' (2006) Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 521-544
  • 'The UNCITRAL Draft Instrument on the Carriage of Goods [wholly or partly] [by sea]: Multimodal at Last or Still All at Sea?' (2005) Journal of Business Law, 647-658.
  • 'The Quasi-Deviation Doctrine' (2004) Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 45-78