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Professor Hilton Staniland BA Hons, LLB, LLM and PhD ( Southampton)

Professor of Maritime Law

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Hilton is a graduate of the University of Southampton and Professor of Maritime Law at the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. 

Hilton is an advocate of the High Court of South Africa and of the High Court of Lesotho.  He sits from time to time as a judge in Courts of Marine Enquiry following a maritime casualty.

Hilton is a former consultant to the United Nations specialised agencies, the International Maritime Organization (“the IMO”) and the International Labour Organization (“the ILO”).   In June 2017, Hilton proposed model legislation to ensure the fair treatment of seafarers at an international workshop hosted at the IMO on the fair treatment of seafarers following a maritime casualty.  The international workshop was attended by representatives from over 50 States including Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Director Generals of Shipping.  Over 30 places at the international workshop were secured by Hilton for graduates of the LLM programme at the University of Southampton. 

Hilton’s recent work on the fair treatment of seafarers following a maritime casualty is also attracting attention in leading publications for the international maritime industry. 

Hilton is also an Adjunct Professor at the World Maritime University in Sweden. Formerly he was: Visiting Professor of Maritime Law at the Greenwich Maritime Institute of the University of Greenwich; director of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton; Head of the School of Maritime Studies University of Natal; Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South African Maritime Safety Authority. 

 

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Research interests

Throughout his career, Hilton has been very active in maritime law reform and he has drafted maritime Acts, Regulations and Decrees for many different maritime states around the world, including both common law and civil law jurisdictions.  Hilton's further interests are in the practical implementation of the law, with particular regard to forms, precedents and pleadings in several different jurisdictions; the enforcement of maritime claims and statutory and maritime liens; pre-judgment security; sister ship arrest; and civil claims relating to ports, piracy, salvage, collision, wages, towage and limitation of liability.

 

Affiliate research groups

Institute of Maritime Law, Insurance Law Research Group

Recent publications:

“Protecting the wages of seafarers held hostage by pirates: the need to reform the law” International Journal of Public Law and Policy 3 (4) (2013) pp 345-366

“The enduring and evolving legal legacy of the Titanic: an enquiry into marine casualty investigations and self-incrimination” The Journal of Business Law 4 (2012) pp 299-318

“Admiralty law and imaginative precision in Lord Jim” Journal of International Law and Technology 8(4) 2013 pp 298-315

“Theory versus policy in the reform of admiralty jurisdiction” International Journal of Private Law 6(4) 2013 pp 418-437 

Pending publications include:

“Guidance on the implementation of the guidelines on fair treatment of seafarers in the event of a maritime accident”;

“Proposal to amend the maritime labour convention to protect the wages of seafarers held hostage”; and

“South African Admiralty law”. 

Articles

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Book Chapters

    Staniland, H. (2009). Matters not governed by this convention. In Y. Baatz (Ed.), The Rotterdam Rules: A Practical Annotation. (Maritime and Transport Law Library). London, UK: Informa.
    Staniland, H. (2009). Scope of application. In Y. Baatz (Ed.), The Rotterdam Rules: A Practical Annotation. (Maritime and Transport Law Library). London, UK: Informa.
    Staniland, H. (2008). Admiralty Law. In Annual Survey of South African Law. (pp. 55-61)
    Staniland, H. (2005). Legislating for the recognition of foreign maritime liens in South Africa. In M. Davies (Ed.), Jurisdiction and Forum Selection in International Maritime Law: Essays in Honor of Robert Force. (pp. 321-339). Frederick, USA: Kluwer Law International.
    Staniland, H. (2005). Limitation of liability in South Africa. In P. Griggs, R. Williams, & J. Farr (Eds.), Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims. (pp. 395-408). London, UK: Informa.
    Staniland, H. (1999). Legal protection of the underwater cultural heritage in South Africa. In S. Dromgoole (Ed.), Legal Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: National and International Perspectives. (pp. 133-142). University of Virginia, USA: Kluwer Law International.
    Staniland, H. (1998). Limitation of liability for maritime claims in South Africa. In P. Griggs, & R. Williams (Eds.), Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims. (pp. 295-306). London, GB: LLP Professional Publishing.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Bills of lading. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 95-99). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Copyright protection of computer programs in South Africa. In H. Staniland (Ed.), Copyright Protection of Computer Software. (pp. 153-162). Budapest, HU: John von Neumann Society for Computing Sciences.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Enforcement of maritime claims. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 99-115). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). History of maritime law. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 61-64). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Law to be applied in admiralty court. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 64-66). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Pollution. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 77-83). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Ranking of maritime claims. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 115-125). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Salvage. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 66-76). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1991). The right to culture. In M. Robertson, & M. Seneque (Eds.), Human Rights for South Africans. (pp. 197-202). (Contemporary South African Debates). USA: Oxford University Press.
    Staniland, H. (1991). Wreck. In W. A. Joubert, & J. A. Faris (Eds.), The Law of South Africa. (pp. 83-95). Durban, ZA: Butterworths.
    Staniland, H. (1990). Admissibility of computer generated evidence. In G. Hughes (Ed.), Essays on Computer Law. (pp. 660-665). Melbourne, AU: Guilford Publications.
    Staniland, H. (1990). Copyright protection of computer programs. In G. Hughes (Ed.), Essays on Computer Law. (pp. 665-670). Melbourne, AU: Guilford Publications.
    Staniland, H. (1988). Salvage South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-55). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1988). Wreck South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws : International Conventions. (pp. 1-22). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Jurisdiction South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-36). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Legal structure South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-22). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Remedies South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-23). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Salvage South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-46). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Territorial waters South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws : International Conventions. (pp. 1-12). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Wreck Australia. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws : International Conventions. (pp. 1-26). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Wreck New Zealand. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws: International Conventions. (pp. 1-15). New York, US: Oceana.
    Staniland, H. (1985). Wreck South Africa. In D. C. Jackson (Ed.), World Shipping Laws : International Conventions. (pp. 1-8). New York, US: Oceana.
Professor Hilton Staniland
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