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Dr Simone Lamont-Black is Senior Lecturer in International Trade Law, at the University of Edinburgh. She trained and practiced law in Germany as Rechtsanwältin before moving to the UK. She holds her Doctorate from Augsburg University (summa cum laude). Before joining Edinburgh University in 2010, she lectured at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her teaching spans across a range of topics in international commercial law, including international sale of goods and transport law, commercial private international law and international commercial arbitration.

She established the Edinburgh Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team (2010), created the Edinburgh Vis Moot Module and the highly regarded annual Edinburgh Willem Vis Pre-Moot (2011 - 2018).

She recently was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Maritime Law, National University of Singapore and a Visiting Fellow at Murdoch University School of Law, Perth, Australia. She previously also held visiting positions at the University of Queensland, TC Beirne Law School, Australia; the Institute of International Economic Law, KATTI, University of Helsinki, Finland; the Scandinavian Institute for Maritime Law, University of Oslo, Norway; the University of Lorraine, Nancy School of Law, France and is an academic visitor to the Library of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, Germany.

Current Research Interests

Her current work focuses on international carriage of goods and passengers (uni- and multimodal), and the law relating to freight forwarding. A praticular interest at present are freight forwarder's house bills of lading. She is a registered UN/CEFACT Expert.

She recently co-edited with Professor R. Thomas the book Current Issues in Freight Forwarding: law and logistics (Lawtext, 2017) and with Paul Bugden is co-author of Goods in Transit (4th ed., Sweet and Maxwell, 2018). She has also contributed a chapter on Freight Forwarding to Jason Chuah (ed), EE Research Handbook on Maritime Law and Regulation, 2019.

She investigated the area of European and International Passenger Law as part of her RSE funded research project entitled “Ring-fencing Passenger Rights after Brexit?”, by comparing the rights of passengers as provided in the EU with those that may be available in Australia and Singapore.

Research Interests

Her main research interest is in international transport law, whether carriage is performed by sea, road, rail or air, or a combination thereof and in the law relating to freight forwarding.

This includes contractual and third party issues, interpretation of standard contract terms, conflict of conventions and conflict of law issues surrounding maritime or transport law more generally.

She is, inter alia, contributor to the leading Scots Law treatise, Gloag and Henderson, The Law of Scotland (2017 and 2012 editions) and covers the chapters on “Carriage by Air”, ”Carriage by land” and “Maritime Law: Carriage by Sea with General Average and Salvage”.



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