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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).

Simone held a number of visiting positions. She was appointed 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 and held 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 active research interests includes commercial law relating to the food supply chain, in particular contract & trade practices. Of consideration are also boundaries of public procurement of food and the interconnections of contract law & unfair trade practices, public procurement, subsidies and agriculture policy related to food supply chain.

Her current outputs centre on international carriage of goods and passengers (uni- and multimodal), and the law relating to freight forwarding, with particular interest in freight forwarder's house bills of lading. She is a registered UN/CEFACT Expert.

She contributed, inter alia, the carriage chapters to Gloag and Henderson, The Law of Scotland (2022, 2017 and 2012 editions), 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) and engaged in the Law Commission Consultation on Digital Assets: Electronic Trade Documents (Law Com CP No 254) (2021).

Research Interests

Her research field is international commercial law, concerning contract & trade practices in the food supply chain and international transport law. The latter concerns carriage of goods and passengers, whether 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.

More on her funded research projects in European and international passenger law and on freight forwarding can be found on the links provided. 



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