Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Dr Miriam Goldby, BA LLD (Malta) LLM (LSE) PhD (UCL)


Reader in Law

Email: m.goldby@qmul.ac.uk
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Miriam Goldby is Reader in Shipping, Insurance and Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, Director of the Centre’s Insurance, Shipping and Aviation Law Institute, Co-Academic Director of its Institute of Transnational Commercial Law and Director of its LLM in International Shipping Law. She is a member of the Comité Maritime International (CMI) Standing Committee on Carriage of Goods and of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commercial Law and Practice Committee. She is the author of Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice (OUP), the second edition of which was published in 2019 and has published extensively in the fields of shipping, insurance and financial law. She has received research funding from the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Lloyd’s of London and has contributed to research undertaken by the Bank of England and the English Law Commission. She is a member of the Centre for Maritime Law at the National University of Singapore and joined the centre as a visiting senior research fellow in March and April 2019.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Art Transactions
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • Carriage of Goods
  • English Contract Law
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade
  • Marine Insurance Law
  • Maritime Arbitration
  • Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs


Research Interests:

Industry-developed law and its applicability and enforcement, the application of contract theory and law-and-economics theory to insurance and shipping contracts, the developing legal framework governing the digital transformation of international trade, the significance of commercial usage and custom, the regulation of the insurance sector.

Examples of research funding:

Award from Lloyd’s Innovation Department in November 2017 to write a report on Harnessing Smart Contracts for Insurance, co-authored with Prof. Chris Reed.

Awarded funding for two ESRC LISS DTP CASE PhD Studentships of 1+3 years, for research projects on the use of distributed ledger technologies in the insurance sector and on the use of emerging technologies in the shipping sector. Industry partners are Lloyd’s of London and Maritime UK.



  • Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice: 2nd edn (OUP)
  • (with L Mistelis (eds)), The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law (OUP, 2016)
  • (with A Georgosouli (eds)), Systemic Risk and the Future of Insurance Regulation (Informa, 2015)
  • Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice (OUP, 2013)

Book Chapters

  • ‘The impact of new commercial practices on liner contracts of carriage: new wine in old skins?’ Chapter 10 in J Chuah (ed) Research Handbook on Maritime Law and Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2019), 223-251.
  • ‘Substituting Data for Documents - a new meaning for “conforming tender”?’ Chapter 7 in D Saidov (ed) Research Handbook on the Law of International Sale of Goods (Edward Elgar, 2019), 152-179.
  • ‘Breaches of AML reporting requirements by UK Bankers: Are effective enforcement choices being made by financial regulators?’ in C Russo, R Lastra and W Blair, Research Handbook on Law and Ethics in Banking and Finance (Edward Elgar, 2019), 317-337.
  • ‘The Rising Tide of Paperless Trade: Analysing the Legal Implications’ in B Soyer (ed.), International Trade and Carriage of Goods (Informa, 2016)
  • ‘Enforceability of Spontaneous Law in England: Some Evidence from Recent Shipping Cases’ in M Goldby and L Mistelis (eds), The Role of Arbitration in Shipping Law (OUP, 2016)
  • (with Ms Anat Keller) ‘Oversight of systemically relevant insurance practices within the EU: the role of macro-prudential supervision’ Chapter 6 in A Georgosouli and M Goldby (eds), Systemic Risk and the Future of Insurance Regulation (Informa, 2015)
  • ‘International Law on the Carriage of Goods by Sea: UNCITRAL’s Most Recent Harmonisation Efforts’ Chapter 8 in M Andenas and C Baasch Andersen (eds), Theory and Practice of Harmonisation (2012, Edward Elgar).
  • 'Electronic Alternatives to Transport Documents: a framework for future development?' Chapter 9 in D Rhidian Thomas (ed.) A New Convention for the Carriage of Goods by Sea - The Rotterdam Rules (2009, LawText Publishing).

Journal Articles

  • Managing the Risks of Switch Bills of Lading’ [2019] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 457-480.
  • (with Anat Keller): ‘Product Intervention as a Macroprudential Tool: the Case of Catastrophe Bonds’ (2019) George Washington International Law Review 1-64.
  • ‘What is needed to get rid of paper? A Fresh Look at Delivery Orders’ (2015) 21 Journal of International Maritime Law 339-347
  • ‘Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Requirements Imposed by English Law: Measuring Effectiveness and Gauging the Need for Reform’, [2013] Journal of Business Law 367-397
  • (with Prof. Indira Carr) ‘Recovering the Proceeds of Corruption: UNCAC and International Anti-Money Laundering Standards’ [2011] Journal of Business Law 170-193.
  • ‘The Impact of Schedule 7 of the Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 on Banks and their Customers’ (2010) 13 Journal of Money Laundering Control 351-371.
  • (with Ms Anat Keller) ‘The Commission’s Proposal for a new European Systemic Risk Board: An Evaluation’ (2010) 4 Law and Financial Markets Review 48-57.
  • (with Prof. Indira Carr) ‘Laundering the Proceeds of Corruption: An assessment of Articles 23 and 14 UNCAC in light of International Anti-Money Laundering Standards’ (2009) 14 Agora: Without Frontiers 324-345.
  • ‘Electronic Alternatives to Transport Documents and UNCITRAL’s new Convention: a framework for future development?’ (2008) 14 Journal of International Maritime Law 586-596.
  • ‘Electronic bills of lading and central registries: what is holding back progress?’ (2008) 17 Information and Communications Technology Law 125-149.
  • ‘A Re-Assessment of the CMI Rules for Electronic Bills of Lading in the Light of Current Practices’ [2008] Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 56-70.
  • ‘The Performance of the Bill of Lading’s Functions under UNCITRAL’s draft Convention on the Carriage of Goods: Unequivocal Legal Recognition of Electronic Equivalents’ (2007) 13 Journal of International Maritime Law 160-182.
  • ‘Incorporation of Charterparty Arbitration Clauses into Bills of Lading: Recent Developments’ (2007) 19 Denning Law Journal 171-180.
  • ‘Cross-Border Inter-bank Settlement within the EU: The Role of the European Central Bank’ (2006) 17 European Business Law Review 135-182.

Public Engagement

  • Member of the British Insurance Law Association Committee and Editor of the BILA Journal
  • Vice-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (UK)’s Commercial Law and Practice Committee.
  • Member of ICC UK’s Banking Committee and Digital Economy Committee.
  • Member of the Comité Maritime International Standing Committee on the Carriage of Goods.
  • External expert for UNCITRAL Working Group IV on Electronic Commerce.

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