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Livashnee Naidoo

Livashnee Naidoo

Liv Naidoo is a lecturer in the Department of Commercial law and joined the Faculty in 2013. Her areas of interest are in Maritime law, Commercial (Marine) Insurance law, (International) Commercial law, Applied Contract Theory, and Contract Law. Liv writes at the intersection of commercial contract law (broadly construed), applied contract theory and commercial markets.

She is currently on research leave for three years as she completes her PhD at the University of Southampton (submission date May 2019) as a fully-funded Commonwealth Scholar. Her PhD is entitled: Applied Contract Theory and the Legal Regulation of Marine insurance Contracts under the Insurance Act 2015: The Case of Risk Control Terms and Contracting Out.

Liv graduated with a LLB degree (cum laude) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and with a LLM degree in Shipping Law from the University of Cape Town (with distinction). She was awarded the Captain Bob Deacon award for being the best student in Maritime law. Prior to joining academia, Livashnee practiced as an attorney and notary specialising in admiralty litigation and the non-contentious aspects of shipping law at a leading shipping law firm in South Africa. She has worked primarily for ship owners and operators and has worked extensively with the P&I clubs in SA and abroad.

Liv is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and has been the recipient of several national and international professional awards by the ICS, including as the best South African Candidate in Dry Cargo Chartering, Ship Sale and Purchase, Shipping Business, Economics of Sea Transport and International Trade. She was also the best International candidate in Dry Cargo Chartering at the London Prize-Giving Ceremony. Liv is a past member of the Education sub-committee of the ICS South Africa, a member of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars.

Liv co-teaches Marine Insurance law (LLM), International Trade and Maritime law (LLB), Business law II, and Maritime Arbitration as part of the Commercial Arbitration course (LLM).

Publications/Papers Presented

  1. 2015, ‘The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007: Sinking or Salvaging South Africa’s Wreck Removal Legislation?’ (132) 4 South African Law Journal 849-876.
  2. 2015, ‘Revisiting the South African (Marine) Insurance Warranty against the English Insurance Act and the Nordic Marine Insurance Pan of 2013: Viking Inshore Shipping (Pty) Ltd v Mutual and Federal Insurance Company’ 27(3) South African Mercantile Law Journal 560-576.
  3. 2020 (forthcoming) ‘Bills of Lading and the Lex Mercatoria’, in Andrew Hutchinson and Franciska Myburgh (eds), Research Handbook on International Commercial Contracts, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  4. 2019, Koç University, Symposium on Differential Treatment in Insurance Law: Collateral Damage?, Paper on ‘Apples and Apples or Apples and Oranges? Treating Commercial Parties Differently under the Insurance Act 2015’.
  5. 2019, University of Southampton, Anglo-Chinese Maritime Law & Practice in Transition IV, Paper on ‘From the Book of Lading to Blockchain Bills of Lading: Dynamic Merchant Tradition and Private Ordering’ (forthcoming)
  6. 2018, The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS London), The Future of the Commercial Contract, Paper on ‘Consumer Protection in Modern Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  7. 2018, City University, London, The Ninth Maritime Law & Policy International Postgraduate Conference, ‘Regulating Marine Insurance Contracts after the Insurance Act 2015’.
  8. 2018, Durham University, PGR Conference in Commercial Law, ‘Consumer Protection in Modern Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  9. 2018, University of Sassari, 6th edition of Transport Law de Lege Ferenda, ‘Held Covered Clauses and Contracting Out’.
  10. 2018, Venice, The International Research Seminar in Maritime, Port and Transport Law, ‘Altering Rules in Marine Insurance: Held Covered Clauses and Contracting Out’.
  11. 2018, Queen Mary University London, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference - Contract, Consumer and Commercial Law section, ‘A Consumerist Approach to Modern Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  12. 2017, University College Dublin, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference - Contract, Consumer and Commercial Law section, ‘Modern Contract Theory and Evolving Values in Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  13. 2017, Koç University Law School, Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law 6th Annual Conference, Organised a panel session on ‘Contemporary Challenges to Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  14. 2017, University College London, Early Career Researchers’ Conference, ‘Modern Contract Theory and Evolving Values in Commercial Insurance Contract Law’.
  15. 2016, Oxford University, The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference - Contract, Consumer and Commercial Law section, ‘The Insurance Act 2015: Reflections on Statutory Interpretation and Evolving Values in Insurance Contract Law’.
  16. 2016, Queen Mary University London, Early Career Researchers’ Conference, ‘Risk Mitigation Terms and Causation under the Insurance Act 2015’.
  17. 2015, McGill University - Fourth Worldwide Congress of the World Society of Mixed Jurisdiction Jurists, ‘Legislative Reform of Marine Insurance Contract Law in South Africa’.

Funding/Grants

  • External Grants:
  1. 2016, Regular Research Grant; funding body: British Insurance Law Association; project value: £700; project description: to further my PhD research.
  2. 2015, Commonwealth Scholarship, Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at the University of Southampton, School of Law, Institute of Maritime Law and the Insurance Law Group; funding body: UK Department for International Development; project value: £90 000; project description: to undertake PhD research in the area of marine insurance law; period of visit:  September 2015 - March 2019.
  3. 2011, Postgraduate Bursary Award at the University of Cape Town; funding body: Canadian Southern African Chamber of Business; project value: R10, 000; project description: to fund my LLM studies.
  • Internal Grants:
  1. 2015, Research Development Grant at the University of Cape Town, funding body: the University of Cape Town; project value: R35, 000; project description: to fund my conference travel to Canada.
  2. 2013, Emerging Researcher Start-up Grant at the University of Cape Town, funding body: the University of Cape Town; project value: R20, 000; project description: to fund purchase of equipment as a new lecturer.
  3. 2011, Wilfred Kramer Law Grant at the University of Cape Town; funding body: Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town; project value: R20, 000; project description: to fund my LLM studies.