Research approaches

In the area of maritime law, a multitude of cross-border issues arise, which often have an interface with other scientific disciplines, such as, in particular, nautical science, marine sciences and business administration.
Some of these requirements are listed below:

  • Safety issues for offshore logistics processes (construction, maintenance, repowering)
  • Line construction and grid connection to the power grid in Germany and the Netherlands (standardization, liability, regulation, contracts).
  • Loan collateral for wind farms in the EEZ and offshore: legal choice of the property code; Contract guarantee according to the model of satellite crediting
  • Questions on the feasibility of multi-level security concepts in the logistics chain, ie use of prior information to decide the controls to be carried out
  • Agile Networks / CloudLogistics: Legal questions about fault management in logistical chains regarding responsibility, liability, etc.
  • Electronic transport papers; Questions about possible new customs procedures (Vision UK Customs: waiving the transmission of documents but access to a data pipeline containing all information from the purchase contract to the delivery status and on the basis of which risk analyzes can be carried out)
  • Infrastructure and resources; Collision (or absence) of legal orders as well as competition of uses by states & competitors and the need for cooperation.
  • Liability regimes (including tankers: CLC 1969/1992: offshore platforms: OPOL 1975/2012)
  • Antitrust law of the European ports; aid guidelines
  • Environmental protection in shipping (external coatings, fuels, emission certificates, dangerous goods at sea)
  • Framework law of innovations at sea: standardization race, patent protection (technical facilities & bioprospection), research funding
  • Maritime Genetic Resources: The CBD-Nagoya protocol on access and benefit sharing and its European implementation in European waters.
  • Cloud computing in logistics
  • Project contracts for the logistics of wind power plants at sea


In the Maritime Research Group, professional competences are combined in the following legal areas:

  1. Civil Law
    Commercial law, commercial law, transport, forwarding and logistics law, offshore logistics law, property rights in the EEZ, patents, arbitration, economic law, competition law
  2. Public law
    Maritime Law, National Maritime Law, EU Economic Law of Shipping, Maritime Law, Environmental Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Resource Abbaurecht, Fishing License, Energy Law
  3. Technology, business and law
    Maritime transport management, maritime security through the use of IT and other technologies, maritime innovations, logistics processes and maritime logistics concepts, data pipelines, networks and cloud logistics, cybersecurity

The networking with the scientific and scientific advisory board ensures cooperation with other scientific disciplines as well as practical application of the law.

Reference projects

1. Research and individual projects

  • Expertise FHB Trade tax reduction Offshore wind power
  • BMVI counseling and support services; Measures for the reduction of greenhouse gases in maritime navigation (jointly with Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research ISI and the University of Delft)

2. Youth development

  • Bremen Maritime Law Fellowship:
    In the year 2015, the research group "Maritimes Recht" financed a traineeship with a period of apprenticeship training for one-year scientific work at the University of Bremen.
  • Promotionsstipendium
    In the academic year 2014/15, a doctorate fellowship on insolvency law issues in the maritime sector was awarded.