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The University of Southampton
Institute of Maritime Law

Mr Robert Veal

LLB (Southampton) LLM (Southampton)

Lecturer in Law

Robert Veal
Robert Veal


Robert Veal is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Southampton and an academic member of the Institute of Maritime Law. He is a double graduate of Southampton having undertaken the LL.B and LL.M in Maritime Law which is passed with distinction.

Robert's research focuses on regulatory and liability issues pertaining to the use of autonomous and remote-control technology in ships as well as the operation of smaller unmanned maritime vehicles.

Robert is a member of the MCA's Maritime Autonomy Regulations Laboratory (MARLab) Advisory Board and is a member of the UK's Marine Autonomous Systems Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG). Robert has also represented the Comité Maritime International at the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MASS Working Group).

Robert has taught both students and professionals across a range of maritime legal areas but principally wet shipping and admiralty.


Robert's research focuses on the legal issues surrounding the use of marine autonomous systems. These include everything from smaller scale autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to larger unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) as well as unmanned and remotely controlled ships in excess of 500grt, with varying levels of autonomy.

Robert also has a keen interest in wet shipping and admiralty.

Research Projects

Liability for operations in unmanned maritime vehicles with differing levels of autonomy

Contact Details

Southampton Law School, Building 4, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Tel: +44(0)23 805 91279


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