School of Law

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


Reader in Law

Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Miriam Goldby is Reader in Shipping, Insurance and Commercial Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Soon after joining QMUL she co-designed and launched the LLM in International Shipping Law, of which she is the Director. She also led on the design and establishment of the Dual LLM in Commercial Law (Singapore and London), a programme jointly offered with Singapore Management University which is launching in 2016, and of which she is the Director. She convenes the School of Law's MA in Law by Research Programme and is the Deputy Director of the QMUL's Insurance Law Institute. She lectures in the areas of International Shipping Law, Insurance Law, International Commercial Law and Contract Law, and her research interests are also focused in these fields.

Prior to joining Queen Mary Miriam conducted research as a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University in Washington DC, USA. Between September 2007 and December 2010 she held a lectureship post at the University of Surrey where she taught Contract Law, Commercial Law and Banking Law. She read for her PhD degree at University College London where she also held the post of teaching fellow between January 2004 and August 2007, and taught on the LLM Banking Law and LLM International Trade Law courses. She has written extensively on various areas of commercial and financial law. Since November 2012 she has participated in the meetings of UNCITRAL’s Working Group IV (Electronic Commerce) as delegate and as a member of the Experts Group and contributed to the drafting of an instrument on Electronic Transferable Records.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM050 International Commercial Law
  • QLLM139 Insurance Regulation
  • QLLM181 Legal Aspects of Paperless Trade
  • QLLM182/QLLG006 Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • QLLM300 Marine Insurance Law
  • QLLM301/QLLG003 Maritime Arbitration
  • QLLM302/QLLG004 Carriage of Goods
  • QLLP059 English Contract Law.


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 paperless international trade, the significance of commercial usage and custom, the regulation of the insurance sector.

Examples of research funding:

Funded research Awarded £2,949 by the British Academy on 8 April 2010 for a project on Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Requirements imposed by English Law: Measuring effectiveness and gauging the need for reform, phase 1 of which has been completed.



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

Book Chapters

  • (Forthcoming, 2016) ‘The Rising Tide of Paperless Trade: Analysing the Legal Implications’ in B Soyer (ed.), Papers from the 11th International Colloquium on International Trade and Carriage of Goods, Swansea Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (Informa)
  • (Forthcoming, 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)
  • (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).

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

  • ‘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 Professor 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.