The different contracts for transporting passengers and goods, and the essential role of the various means of transport in moving freight from one country to another, will be analysed as well as the rules governing the management of transport infrastructures and services, which are ancillary to the carriage of passengers and goods.

The overall protection of the passengers will be considered not only from injury and death but also protection of their economic and non-economic interests when they enter in a contractual relationship which includes some modes of transport.

Contracts for the carriage of goods and passengers are significantly impacted by international Conventions and in order to understand the very complex regulation of the transport sector two levels of supranational sources must be distinguished, i.e. the International and the Community level. The legal context of the liability of carriers is thus intergovernmental and will be examined.

Course Programme

    1. The Contract of carriage
      1.1. The Formation of the Contract
      - ‘Common form’ clauses which appear in the business of transporting goods by road, rail, air and inland water.

    2. Contracts for the carriage of goods
      2.1. Contracts of carriage by Land and Air
      - Liability: Damage
      - Liability: Delay
      - Limits of Liability
      - The Governing Law - Regulation 593/2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I)

    3. Contracts for the Carriage of Passengers
      - Provisions Addressing Carrier Liability
      - Consumer protection and passengers’ rights

    4. The Structure of the ports industry and port services– A legislative framework
      4.1 The English experience around Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS), Port Authorities and Port marine safety

Course Presenters

Dr Christina Zournatzi is a dual-qualified advocate in Italy and Greece. She has completed her PhD at the University of Bologna under a prestigious scholarship granted by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs – Greece, followed by two Research Fellowships granted by the University of Bologna that allowed her to do research in projects of primary importance for the maritime and transport sector.



new forestThe New Forest is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations and offers many attractions all year round, including picturesque forest villages as well as beautiful scenery. It is located in Southern England, spreading over 150 square miles of Hampshire. The New Forest was established as a royal hunting ground by King William I, and by the 14th century, the land was being used to produce timber for the shipbuilding industry on the south coast. Today, after nearly 1000 years, the forest is still Crown property and is administered by the Forestry Commission. Since the reign of King William I commoners have been given the right to graze their livestock, normally ponies, cattle and pigs, on Forest land where they wander freely. In the New Forest, the well-being of the animals and the special needs of the countryside are a priority. The Forest is unarguably recognised as one of the most unique and important wilderness areas in Western Europe and, because of this, it is now a National Park.

Venue and Accommodation

The course will take place at the Wessex Institute at Ashurst Lodge located in the New Forest, an outstanding National Park that borders the South Coast. Ashurst Lodge is an ideal venue for conferences, courses and seminars.  The participants can benefit from an excellent standard of accommodation, either on Campus or in various hotels or bed and breakfasts in the area.  The surroundings are equally appealing to those who enjoy walking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and fine landscapes.

For more information on how to find Ashurst Lodge and to arrange accommodation during the courses please use the information provided on the Contact Us page.

Ashurst Lodge panorama