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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Dr Filip Šaranović, LLB (Southampton), LLM (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge)


Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law



Dr Filip Saranovic is a Senior Lecturer in Shipping Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He is the Director of the International Shipping Law LLM programme and the Deputy Director of International and External Engagement. Filip is the module convenor and lecturer for four maritime law modules, covering both wet and dry shipping as well as the conflict of laws / enforcement of maritime claims. Filip’s book entitled ‘Freezing Injunctions in Private International Law’ was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2022. The book is based on his doctoral thesis completed at the University of Cambridge. Part of the research for the book was conducted in the United States where he was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Filip is an Ordinary Member of the European Association of Private International Law and has presented his research at numerous conferences both in the UK and abroad. He was a judicial marshal in London’s High Court, shadowing the work of Mrs Justice Gloster when she was the judge in charge of the Commercial Court. Filip is also an External Examiner for the private international law module at King’s College London. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Filip was a member of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton where he was the Academic Lead for Executive Training. Filip’s work on transnational commercial injunctions has drawn the attention of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism who interviewed him in relation to their recent articles on high-value cross-border litigation in London.


Research Interests:

Filip’s research interests are primarily in the fields of maritime law (dry and wet shipping), private international law, and commercial litigation. He is currently writing a paper on the role of ‘subjects’ in charterparty negotiations in the light of the Commercial Court’s decision in The Leonidas [2020] EWHC1986 (Comm). Filip completed his doctoral thesis on the private international law aspects of freezing injunctions at the University of Cambridge and was supervised by Professor Pippa Rogerson. During his doctoral research Filip was also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School focusing on the theoretical foundations of jurisdiction and asset preservation relief including pre-judgment attachment and preliminary injunctions. Filip is interested in comparative research on civil procedure in commercial and maritime cases in the Middle East including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.



  • Freezing Injunctions in Private International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2022)

Book Chapters

  • 'The EAPO and the Common Law Practice" in N. Kyriakides et al. European Account Preservation Order
    A multi-jurisdictional guide with commentary (Larcier-Intersentia, 1st edition, June 2024)

Journal Articles

  • 'Delivery without presentation of the original bills of lading and a deemed
    indemnity clause' (2023) 32 Asian Business Lawyer 137-142 
  • 'Contractual Subjects in Charterparty Negotiations' (2023) 1 Il Diritto Marittimo 61-82
  • 'Contracting on Subjects: The Newcastle Express' (2023) 23(2) Lloyds Shipping and Trade Law pp. 5-8
  • 'Chain of Deemed Indemnities' (2022) 22(9) Lloyd's Shipping and Trade Law pp. 1-4
  • 'Unseaworthiness under the Hague Rules in the UK’s Supreme Court'  (2022) 22(1) Lloyd's Shipping and Trade Law 8-9
  • ‘The Scope of Chabra Freezing Injunctions against Third Parties: A Time for a More Cautious Approach’ (2021) 3 Civil Justice Quarterly 225-248
  • ‘Jurisdiction and Freezing Injunctions: a Reassessment’ (2019) 68(3) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 639-664
  • ‘Extraterritorial Injunctions in International Litigation’ (2020) 20(6) Lloyd's Shipping and Trade Law 4-5
  • ‘Freezing the Charterer’s Assets’ (2019) 19(3) Lloyd’s Shipping and Trade Law 5-6
  • ‘Rethinking the Scope of Freezing Injunctions’ (2018) 3 Civil Justice Quarterly 383-405

Public Engagement

Conference presentations:

  • 'Transnational Injunctions after Brexit', Institute of Maritime Law 40th Anniversary Conference (Southampton, December 2022)
  • ‘Proprietary Injunctions’, Anglo-Chinese Maritime Law Conference (Novotel Southampton, June 2019)
  • ‘Jurisdiction and Freezing Orders: a Reassessment’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, (Queen Mary University of London, September 2018)
  • ‘The International Scope of Freezing Injunctions after the Recast Regulation’ (Reed Smith LLP, March 2015); Course title: “Jurisdiction and Arbitration in Commercial and Maritime Disputes after the Recast Regulation”
  • ‘The Scope of Freezing Injunctions – Recent Developments’ (Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, June 2016); Conference title: “At the Cutting Edge of Commercial Law – The Latest Developments”
  • ‘Non-Contractual Anti-Suit Injunctions’ (Reed Smith LLP, January 2017); Conference title: “London: a Safe Haven for Resolving Disputes?”
  • ‘The Possible Consequences of Brexit on Shipping Law’ (Hong Kong Maritime Law Association, February 2017)
  • ‘A Bird’s Eye View of Private International Law in the English Courts’ (Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, February 2017) – 3 hour visiting lecture
  • Southampton Maritime Law Short Course (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) – executive training lectures on a wide range of topics within the fields of dry shipping and maritime dispute resolution


  • Ordinary Member of the European Association of Private International Law


  • Interviewed by the Bureau of Investigative Jouralism in relation to their articles ‘Justice for Sale: How London’s Legal System Courted the Global Super Elite’ (published on 8 July 2021); ‘The Power of Money: How Autocrats Use London to Strike Foes Worldwide’ (published in the New York Times on 18 June 2021).

External Examiner

  • King’s College London – examiner for International Civil and Commercial Litigation: Private International Law
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