Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Yvonne Baatz

Yvonne

Professor in Commercial Law, Shipping and Transport

Centre: CCLS

Email: y.baatz@qmul.ac.uk
Room Number: Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Profile

Yvonne Baatz is Professor in Commercial Law, Shipping and Transport at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary Univeristy of London. She joined CCLS in 2018. She lectures in the areas of International Shipping Law, Marine Insurance law, Commercial Conflict of Laws and Contract Law. Her research interests are focussed on bills of lading; charterparties; conflict of laws, particularly maritime; and marine insurance.

Prior to joining Queen Mary Yvonne qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and practised with two leading firms of solicitors in the City of London, specialising in shipping litigation. In 1991 she became a lecturer in the Law School at the Univerity of Southampton. She was Director of the Institute of Maritime Law from 2003 until 2006 and became Professor of Maritime Law in 2007. Yvonne has published numerous articles and chapters on maritime arbitration; carriage of goods by sea; conflict of laws and international litigation, particularly in maritime and insurance disputes; and marine insurance.

 

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM182 Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • QLLM300 Marine Insurance Law
  • QLLP059 English Contract Law

Research

Research Interests:

The areas of carriage of goods by sea (charterparties and bills of lading), marine insurance, maritime arbitration and maritime conflicts of laws.

 

Publications

Yvonne has published extensively in the areas of carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance, maritime arbitration and maritime conflicts of laws. She has edited Maritime Law (now in its fourth edition, 2018) and contributed two chapters on charterparties and conflict of laws (jurisdiction and applicable law).

She has also contributed several chapters on conflict of laws to books such as N. Gaskell, R. Asariotis and Y. Baatz, Bills of Lading: Law and Contracts, London LLP, 2000 (three chapters on liens, choice of law and jurisdiction); Y. Baatz et al, The Rotterdam Rules A Practical Annotation, Informa, 2009 (three chapters on jurisdiction, arbitration and time bars); gen ed. M. Clarke, Maritime Law Evolving, Hart Publishing, 2013 (chapter entitled “Thirty Years of Europeanisation of Conflict of Laws and Still all at Sea?”); chapters in all four volumes of Rhidian Thomas gen ed., The Modern Law of Marine Insurance (most recently in Vol IV, Informa, 2015 a chapter entitled “The effectiveness of an English jurisdiction agreement in a marine insurance policy and settlement agreement of claims under that policy”); Sassoon, CIF and FOB Contracts (fifth edition 2012 and sixth edition 2017) (two chapters on jurisdiction and governing law); J. Hjalmarsson and J. Zhang, Maritime Law in China Emerging Issues and Future Developments, Routledge, 2016, (chapter entitled “An English jurisdiction clause in a bill of lading: construction and consequences of breach”).

She has also published in the field of maritime arbitration: most recently a chapter entitled “Incorporation of a Charterparty Arbitration Clause into a Bill of Lading and its Effect on Third Parties” to a book on The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law edited by Miriam Goldby and Loukas Mistelis published by Oxford University Press in June 2016.

She has published numerous articles in highly regarded journals in the maritime field such as Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Journal of Business Law, and Shipping and Trade Law. Most recent articles include “Should third parties be bound by arbitration clauses in bills of lading?” [2015] LMCLQ 85 (38 pages); and "How will Brexit affect exclusive English jurisdiction agreements?” in Shipping and Trade Law in August 2016; and “Matters Relating to Insurance and Protecting the Weaker Party” [2018] LMCLQ 1 pp. 1 – 9.

Books – Co Authored

  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 18-20, N. Gaskell, R. Asariotis and Y. Baatz, Bills of Lading: Law and Contracts, London LLP, 2000, pp. 853.  ISBN 1-84311-120-9

Books – Edited

  • Baatz, Y, Maritime Law, fourth edition, 2018, Informa Law from Routledge, pp.578. ISBN Hardback 978-1-138-03771-7,  paperback 978-1-138-10483-9 and ebook eISBN 978-1-315-16290-4
  • Baatz, Y, Maritime Law, Third edition, Informa, 2014, ISBN Hardback 978-1-138-79850-2 hbk and Paperback 978-1-138-80233-9 pbk
  • Baatz, Y, Maritime Law, Second edition, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011, pp.642. ISBN Hardback 978-0-41404-864-5 and Paperback 978-0-41404-876-

Conference Contributions – Refereed

  • Baatz, Y, “Clauses Paramount”, gen eds Baris Soyer and Andrew Tettenborn, Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Legal Issues, Informa from Routledge, 2018, pages 249 - 283
  • Baatz, Y., “Reasonableness, Foreseeability and Flexibility: construction of terms in maritime contracts and remedies for their breach [2013] MarIus  ISSN 0332-7868
  • *Baatz, Y., Chapter 10, Clauses Paramount in Time Charterparties. Legal Issues Relating to Time Charterparties, gen ed. D.R. Thomas, Informa, 2008, pp177 – 197. ISBN 978-184311-745-2
  • Baatz, Y, Utmost Good faith in Marine Insurance Contracts.  Marine Insurance at the turn of the Millennium, Volume 1, Huybrechts Gen. ed, Antwerp, Intersentia, 1999, pp 15-36.  ISBN 90-5095-106-6
  • Baatz, Y, Duty of Disclosure: Scope of the Duty and Sanctions for Breach.  Reports from Marine Insurance Symposium.  Mar Ius 242 1998, pp 81-91.  ISBN 0332-7868.

Edited Works -  Contributions

  • Baatz, Y, Maritime Law, fourth edition, 2018, Informa Law from Routledge, pp.578. ISBN Hardback 978-1-138-03771-7,  paperback 978-1-138-10483-9 and ebook eISBN 978-1-315-16290-4 chapters 1 (pages 1 – 74) and 4 (pages 123 – 186).
  • Baatz, Y, “Clauses Paramount”, gen eds Baris Soyer and Andrew Tettenborn, Charterparties: Law, Practice and Emerging Legal Issues, Informa from Routledge, 2018, pages 249 – 283
  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 15 and 16 on Jurisdiction and Governing Law. In: F. Lorenzon, ed. CIF and FOB Contracts, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2017, pages 399 – 470
  • Baatz, Y, “Incorporation of a charterparty arbitration clause into a bill of lading and its effect on third parties,” gen eds Loukas Mistelis and Miriam Goldby, The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law, Oxford University Press, 2016, pages 107 - 131
  • Baatz, Y, “An English jurisdiction clause in a bill of lading. Construction and consequences of breach,” gen eds. Johanna Hjalmarsson and Jenny Zhang, Maritime Law in China Emerging Issues and Future Developments, Informa at Routledge, 2016
  • Baatz, Y, “The effectiveness of an English jurisdiction agreement in a marine insurance policy and settlement agreement of claims under that policy” Rhidian Thomas gen ed., The Modern Law of Marine Insurance Vol IV, Informa, 2015, pages 219 – 240
  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 1 and 4, The Conflict of Laws and Charterparties, Maritime Law, Third edition, Y Baatz gen ed., Informa, 2014, pp. 1 – 65 and 117 - 177 ISBN Hardback 978-1-138-79850-2 hbk and Paperback 978-1-138-80233-9 pbk
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter entitled “Reasonableness, Foreseeability and Flexibility: construction of terms in maritime contracts and remedies for their breach” MarIus 424, 2013, ISSN 0332-7868 pp. 107 – 145
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter entitled “Thirty Years of Europeanisation of Conflict of Laws and Still all at Sea?”, Professor Malcolm Clarke gen ed., Maritime Law Evolving, Hart Publishing, 2013 pp. 237-275. ISBN 978-1-84946-399-7
  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 15 and 16 on Jurisdiction and Governing Law. In: F. Lorenzon, ed. CIF and FOB Contracts, London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2012, pp. 403-459 ISBN 978 0 421 918900
  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 1 and 4, The Conflict of Laws and Charterparties, Maritime Law, Second edition, Y. Baatz gen ed., London, Sweet & Maxwell, 2011, pp. 1 – 68 and 127 – 192. ISBN Hardback 978-0-41404-864-5 and Paperback 978-0-41404-876-8
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 16, Jurisdiction and Arbitration, In: Thomas D.R., The Carriage of Goods by Sea under the Rotterdam Rules, ed., Lloyd’s List, 2010,  pp. 319 – 342 ISBN 978 1 84311 893 0
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 10, The Modern Law of Marine Insurance Volume 3, Thomas D.R. gen. ed., Informa, 2009, pp. 227 – 256, ISBN 978-1-84311-824-4
  • Baatz, Y, Chapters 13, 14 and 15 of The Rotterdam Rules A Practical Annotation, Informa, 2009, pp. 195 – 242  ISBN 978-1-84311-824-4
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 11, Jurisdiction and Arbitration, A New Convention for the Carriage of Goods by Sea – The Rotterdam Rules, Thomas D.R. gen. ed., Lawtext Publishing Limited, 2009, pp. 258 - 284 ISBN978-0-9539403-3-2
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 1 and 2, The Conflict of Laws and Charterparties, Southampton on Shipping Law, Informa, 2008, pp. 1 – 91. ISBN 978-1-84311-755-1
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 9, Jurisdiction in Contractual Disputes on Marine Insurance and Reinsurance Contracts to which the EC Jurisdiction Convention Applies, The Modern Law of Marine Insurance Volume 2, Thomas D.R gen. ed., London, LLP, 2002,  pp. 279-334.  ISBN 1-85978-480-1
  • Baatz, Y, Liens, Choice of Law and Jurisdiction, Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Land, Sea and Air, Yates D et al, eds.  Service Issues No 1, 6, 9, 12 and 15. London, Lloyd’s of London Press, 1999, pp 1-595 - 1-638/3
  • Baatz, Y. and Dromgoole, S., Chapter 22 The Bill of Lading as a Document of Title, Interests in Goods Volume 2, Palmer N. and Mckendrick E. gen eds., London, Lloyd’s of London Press, 1998, pp 547-594.  ISBN 1-85978-177-2
  • Baatz, Y, The Jurisdiction of the English Courts to Determine Cargo Claims under the Lugano Convention.  In: Hannu Honka, ed. New Carriage of Goods by Sea.  The Nordic Approach including Comparisons with some other Jurisdictions.  Institute of Maritime and Commercial Law, Abo Akademi University, Finland, 1997, pp 283-317.  ISBN 952-12-00 42-1
  • Baatz, Y, Chapter 10 The Impact of the EC Conventions and Directives on Governing Law and Jurisdiction in Marine Insurance and Reinsurance Contracts, The Modern Law of Marine Insurance, Thomas D.R. gen ed., London, Lloyd’s of London Press, 1996, pp 305-346.  ISBN 1-85978-033-4

Journal Papers - Academic Journals

  • Baatz, Y, “Matters Relating to Insurance and Protecting the Weaker Party” [2018] LMCLQ 1 pp. 1 – 9
  • Baatz, Y, "How will Brexit affect exclusive English jurisdiction agreements?”  Shipping and Trade Law  August 2016
  • Baatz, Y, “Should third Parties be bound by arbitration clauses in bills of lading?” [2015] LMCLQ 85 pp. 85 – 123
  • Baatz, Y, “The Effectiveness of Settlement Agreements and English Jurisdiction Agreements – The Supreme Court decision in Starlight Shipping Co v Allianz Marine & Aviation Versicherungs AG (The Alexandros T) [2014] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly pp. 159 – 173
  • Baatz, Y, “Reasonableness, Foreseeability and Flexibility: construction of terms in maritime contracts and remedies for their breach [2013]  19(3) Journal of International Maritime Law pp. 200 – 219
  • Baatz, Y, “Pushing the boundaries still further as to when ancillary clauses are incorporated into a bill of lading from a charterparty” [2013] 13(10) Shipping and Trade Law  pp. 1 – 4
  • Baatz, Y, “Recognition of a Regulation Judgment on the Validity of a Jurisdiction Agreement” (2013) 19 JIML pp. 91 – 95
  • Baatz, Y, “Mandatory Application of the Hague Visby Rules to Deck Cargo and Jurisdiction” [2012] 9(1) Shipping and Transport International pp. 10 - 13
  • Baatz, Y, “Jurisdiction and Arbitration in Multimodal Transport” [2012] Tulane Maritime Law Journal Summer 2012 Volume 36 Number 2, 643 – 658
  • Baatz, Y, “Forum selection in Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Sea – the European Dimension, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, (2), 2011, 208 - 226
  • Baatz, Y, “Jurisdiction Clauses in Bills of Lading – Rotterdam Rules by the Back Door?” Shipping and Trade Law, 10, (9), 2010, pp. 1-5
  • Baatz, Y, “The Law applicable to Contracts for the Carriage of Goods where the parties have made no choice” [2010] Journal of International Maritime Law pp. 427-430
  • Baatz, Y, and Sandiforth, A, “Forum non conveniens further constrained” [2010] Journal of Business Law pp. 522 – 528
  • Baatz, Y, “A Jurisdiction Race in the Dark: The Wadi Sudr” [2010] LMCLQ pp 364-375
  • Baatz, Y, “Law Applicable to contracts for the Carriage of Goods” (2009) Shipping and Trade Law 9 (9) pp. 1-3
  • Baatz, Y, “A Setback for Arbitration” (2009) Shipping and Trade Law 9 (4) pp. 1 – 5
  • Baatz, Y, Jurisdiction and Arbitration under the Rotterdam Rules (2008) The Journal of International Maritime Law Vol 14 issue 6 ISSN 1478-8586 pp. 608 – 624
  • Baatz, Y, Enforcing English Jurisdiction Clauses in Bills of Lading  (2006) 18 SAcLJ Part III, a special issue on Shipping Law of the Singapore Law Journal with guest editor Professor Francis Reynolds pp. 727-770
  • Baatz, Y, An English Jurisdiction Clause Does Battle with Canadian Legislation Similar to the Hamburg Rules, [2006] LMCLQ pp 143-154
  • Baatz, Y, Who decides on jurisdiction clauses? Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, 2004 pp. 25-29
  • Baatz, Y, Objective test of validity of jurisdiction clauses under the Brussels Convention on Jurisdiction, International Trade Law Quarterly, 2000 pp. 44-50
  • Baatz, Y, Jurisdiction agreements and multiple proceedings in Europe, International Trade Law Quarterly, 5 1998, pp 269-74
  • Baatz, Y, The MC Pearl: A Blow for Party Autonomy, International Trade Law Quarterly, 1, 1997, pp 49-51

Journal Papers - Professional Journals

  • Baatz, Y, English Jurisdiction Clauses - a matter of Choice in Europe?, Shipping and Transport Lawyer International, Volume 6(1) pp. 8-11
  • Baatz, Y, Delivery without production of the Bill of Lading, Japan Shipping Exchange, 2005
  • Baatz, Y, Happy Day?  Not for shipowners.  Shipping & Transport Lawyer International, Volume 3 Number 1, 2002 pp 10-13
  • Baatz, Y, Forged Bills and Exclusion Clauses: Motis Exports. Shipping & Transport Lawyer International, Volume 2, Number 1 2000, pp 12-13
  • Baatz, Y, The Herceg Novi To Stay or Not to Stay.  Shipping & Transport Lawyer International, 1(2), 1998, pp 12-13

Public Engagement

  • Member of the British Maritime Law Association Executive Committee.
  • Member of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.