Prof. Michael TSIMPLIS

PhD Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton, 1990
LLM Maritime Law, University of Southampton, 1998

Visiting address
Phone: +852 34429133

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes


Professor Michael (Mikis) TSIMPLIS has been with the Law School since 2018. Before joining CityU Mikis has worked in various academic and leadership positions for the University of Southampton and before that for the UK Natural Environment Research Council. He has taught a number of courses including Admiralty Law and Enforcement, Charterparties, Bills of Lading, Energy and Environment Law, Law of International Sales, Legal Concepts and Law of the Marine Environment in academic and professional courses around the world. Mikis undertakes research in marine, maritime, commercial and environmental law as well as keeping an interest in oceanography and environmental science. He has led and contributed to various international and interdisciplinary projects and has published mainly in the areas of law, oceanography and sea level rise. He has also been involved in the quality assessment and accreditation of university departments and in the evaluation of research proposals for national and international bodies.

Research Interests/Areas

  • Admiralty Law
  • Carriage of Goods be Sea Law
  • Law of the Marine Environment
  • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Sea Level Rise and Climate Change


Employment History

  • University of Southampton in various academic positions (1 September 1995 – 31 July 2018)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (30 October 1992 – 31 August 1995)
  • Greek Navy, Compulsory Military Service (10 October 1990 – 31 August 1992)

Positions Held

  • Director of the Institute of Maritime Law (2014–2017)
  • Member of the ESF College of Review (2017 – present)
  • Chair of the Environmental Panel for the AXA Post-doctoral Fellowships and Chairs, Member of the Governing Board of the Institute of Maritime Law (1999 – present)
  • Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute Theme Coordinator– Society & Government (2014–2016)
  • Member of the Advisory Panel to the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Framework (UNEP) (December 2014 – March 2015)
  • Member of the Evaluation Panel for L’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France) “Functioning of fluid and solid Earth” (2014 – present)
  • Chair of the AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships Review Panel – ESF (2016)
  • Chair of the AXA Postdoctoral Fellowships Review Environmental Panel – ESF (2014–2015)
  • Chair of the Quality Assurance Assessment Committee for the Geography Department of the Aegean University (2014)
  • Member of the External Expert Committee of Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (Spain) (2011–2014)
  • Member of the Quality Assurance Assessment Committee for the Geography Department of the Harokopeio University (2013)
  • Chair of the Technical Committee of the European Sea Level Service (2007–2010)
  • Head of the Climate sub-group in the National Oceanography Centre (2008–2010)
  • Member of the Medclivar Steering Group (2004 – present)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science (1996–2007)
  • Deputy Theme Leader for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2000–2004)
  • National Representative (UK) in the Steering Group of the Medclivar – ESF Project (2006–2011)
  • Contributing Author of Part 1 of the IPCC 2007 4th Assessment Report
  • Member of the Research Development Committee at SOC (2007–2008)
  • Member of the Steering Group of the Storm Tide Forecasting Service (2005–2008)
  • Chief Examiner for Admiralty Law LLM Degree, London University Programs, (2016– present)
  • Deputy Examiner for Admiralty Law LLM Degree, London University Programs, (2014–2016)
  • External Examiner for the National University of Ireland, Galway for Law of the Sea (2008–2011)
  • External PhD Examiner: University of Exeter, University of Liverpool, University of the Balearic Islands, University of Malaga and University of Cadiz
  • External Evaluator for Academic Positions for: National University of Singapore (2014), National University of Athens (2013, 2015, 2016), University of the Aegean (2014), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2016), University of Queensland (2014), Technological Educational Institute of Athens (2016) and University of Ottawa (2017)

Conferences and Professional Courses

  • Invited/Keynote speaker in >60 events
  • Organiser/Convener of ~20 conferences and workshops
  • Member of the organising committee of a 10-day summer school
  • Organiser and speaker in more than 30 professional legal courses in the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Colombia, Venezuela and Aruba



  • Sea Traffic Management Validation Project EC (2015–2018) ~EUR42M (GBP420k)
  • Maritime Futures Doctoral Training Scheme (2015–2018) Leverhulme Trust, (GBP1.06M)
  • Legal Liability for Unmanned Maritime Systems (2015–2016) European Defence Agency (EUR149k)
  • ECO2 FP7 (2011–2013) ~ EUR10.5M (GBP104k)
  • FORSEANAM, EC Marie Curie FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IOF (EUR300k)
  • Marine extremes (2010–2015), The Lloyd’s Register Trust Fund, ~GBP800k (£152.5k)
  • CIRCE- EU FP6 (2007–2010) €11M (~€240k)
  • Medclivar-ESF (2006–2011), European Science Foundation ~€850k
  • The Implementation of Directive 95/57, European Maritime Safety Agency, (~£50k)
  • European Sea Level Service- EC Research Infrastructure, (2002–2005) €2.5 M (~€120k)
  • Towards a vulnerability assessment of the UK coasts, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2001–2003) £102k (£78k)
  • Responding to climate change: Inclusive and integrated coastal analysis (2002–2004) Tyndall Centre for climate change research, £100k (~£9k)
  • Relative Sea Level Changes and Extreme Flooding Events around European Coasts 1993–1995 (FP5) €1.5 M (~€30k)


  • Teaching Qualification: HEA Senior Fellow (UKSPF Descriptor 3)
  • Taught developed and coordinated a variety of courses for Law and for Oceanography at discipline and interdisciplinary undergraduate (3rd year) and postgraduate (MSc. and LLM) courses (1999 – present)
  • Subjects covered: Admiralty Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Marine Environmental law, International Maritime Law and Policy and Global Ocean Monitoring
  • Have supervised >100 master dissertations. Nine PhD students supervised to completion.