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Institute of Maritime Law

Professor James Davey

Professor of Insurance and Commercial Law

Professor James Davey



James Davey graduated from the University of Nottingham with an LLM in International Commercial Law in 1994, following his undergraduate studies there. He was then appointed to a lectureship at the University of Birmingham (1994-96) and permanent lectureships then followed at the University of East Anglia (1996-2001) and Cardiff University (2001-2014). He was promoted to Senior Lecturer and then Professor of Law at Cardiff University before joining the University of Southampton in September 2014 as Professor of Insurance & Commercial Law. He has acted as research counsel for lawyers involved in disputes in the Court of Appeal and arbitration.

James has lectured on insurance and marine insurance law for the majority of his academic career, and has published extensively in leading UK commercial law journals, such as the Journal of Business Law and the Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly. His research combines doctrinal legal analysis with law and (behavioural) economics, and insights from law & society.


Insurance; Marine Insurance; Law & Economics; Behavioural Economics; Fraud.


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Professor James Davey

Institute of Maritime Law

Southampton Law

University of Southampton

Highfield Campus

Southampton SO17 1BJ

United Kingdom



Phone: +44 (0)23 8059 1382


James is currently working on ‘Insurance Law & Regulation’ for Palgrave Macmillan and chapters on ‘EU Motor Insurance and the Tort System’ and ‘Contracting Out of Utmost Good Faith: Carter v Boehm and Freedom of Contract’.

Recent publications by Professor James Davey

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