Professor Hilton Staniland B.A. (Hons) LLB LLM Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is also Professor of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton. He was formerly a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, Head of the School of Maritime Studies at the University of Natal, and Director of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton.
Professor Staniland is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and of the High Court of Lesotho and a member of the Advisory Board of Seafarers’ Rights International. He has represented South Africa at the IMO, and now advises various interested parties at the IMO. He has drafted Maritime Acts, Regulations and Decrees for many states, which include common law and civil law jurisdictions. He has sat with different judges as an assessor in many murder, rape and robbery trials, and been heavily involved in salvage, collision and wreck cases. He has personally presided over a major trial in a Court of Inquiry dealing with the loss of a ship and 19 lives at sea. Professor Staniland is very active in maritime law consultancy, reform and policy development at various United Nations bodies and other multi-agency organisations, as well as at national levels.