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Dr Jingbo Zhang BA Economics (SWUPL), LLB (SWUPL), LLM in Maritime Law (Soton), PhD (Soton)

Lecturer in Commercial and Maritime Law

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Dr Jingbo Zhang is Lecturer in Commercial and Maritime Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton.

PhD (Soton), LLM (Soton), LLB (SWUPL), BA (SWUPL). Member of Southampton Institute of Maritime Law; Member of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA); Editorial Board Member of Southampton Law Review; Reviewer of Hummingbird (University of Southampton Doctoral Research Journal); Winner of 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Overseas Researcher

Jingbo's research interests lie in International Trade Law; Carriage of Goods by Sea; Marine Insurance; WTO Law. Moreover, with the background of international economics and trade, she would like to do the interdisciplinary research, which can effectively connect economic practices with legal positions.

Jingbo has successfully co-organised two international conferences in Southampton and London, which are the English-Chinese Insurance Law Conference in April 2013 and the English-Chinese Maritime Law Conference in April 2014.

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Jingbo's current research focuses on letters of credit as a primary instrument of payment, which plays a crucial role in international trade transactions. The regulatory framework for letters of credit has been provided by the Uniform Custom Practice for letters of credits (now is the UCP600); a set of standard terms and norms designed to codify international banking practices universally recognised at international level.

The UCP600 imposes two main obligations to banks in relation to the assessment of documents tendered by sellers, i.e. duty of examination and duty of refusal in a case of non-compliance. However, far from being clear, such obligations imposed by the UCP600 gave rise to a high degree of uncertainty which, to date, neither academic literature nor past case law have been able to set aside and clarify in a definitive manner. The aim of this research is therefore to interpret and to clarify the duties of banks for examining and refusing documents under the framework established by the UCP600, with the ultimate view of proposing an ideal regulatory framework for this shady area of law.

Jingbo is also interested in international trade law; carriage of goods by sea; marine insurance; WTO law. Moreover, with the background of international economics and trade, she would like to do the interdisciplinary research, which can effectively connect economic practices with legal positions.

Jingbo welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students interested in undertaking doctoral research at Southampton related to any of the above areas.

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Institute of Maritime Law, Insurnace Law Research Group

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Dr Jingbo Zhang
Southampton Law School Building 4
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ UK

Room Number: 04/2049
Telephone: + 44 (0)2380594451
Email: J.Zhang@soton.ac.uk
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