IIIrd International Seminar

„Roman maritime law”


Department of Roman Law

Chair of Civil Law

Faculty of Law and Administration


Paulus libro secundo sententiarum. Lege Rhodia cavetur, ut si levandae navis gratia iactus mercium factus est, omnium contributione sarciatur quod pro omnibus datum est. „ Paulus in second book of Sentences. It is provided by the Rhodian Law that where merchandise is thrown overboard for the purpose of lightening a ship, what has been lost for the benefit of all must be made up by the contribution of all.”

Digesta Iustiniani 14.2.1

Department of Roman Law at the University of Gdańsk is pleased to invite you for the third international seminar devoted to various aspects of Roman law of the sea and of the maritime activity of the Romans. The meeting is attended by researchers who explore these issues in their research, and the meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to historical and legal research, but important for the present. The seminar is an accompanying event to the IXth NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MARITIME LAW – MARITIME LAW FOR SUSTAINABLE SHIPPING.


Seminar Program

on line – MS Teams


9:45-10:00 Welcome and Opening Speeches:

Wojciech Zalewski, Associate Professor, Dean of  Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

Dorota Pyć, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Maritime Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

Jacek Wiewiorowski, Associate Professor, Head of Roman Law Department, Chair of Civil Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Gdańsk

10:00-10:20 Professor Anna Tarwacka, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
Piracy as  a threat for maritime commerce. The case of deposit.

10.20-10:40 Professor Paul du Plessis, University of Edinburgh
Once more on the scope of application of the edict nautae, caupones, stabularii

10:40-11:00 Petr Dostalík, Associate Professor, Palacký University Olomouc
Bill of lading and the Sources of Roman Law

11:00-11:20 Peter Candy, DPhil, Cambridge University
Ancient maritime loans in their contractual context

11:20-11:40 Krzysztof Szczygielski, J.D., University of Bialystok
Maritime transport in the legislation of emperor Claudius

11:40-12:10 Discussion          

12:10-12:30 Coffee Break

12.30-12:50 Zuzanna Benincasa, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw
Controlling the unpredictable – could the maritime risk be limited by Roman entrepreneurs

12:50-13:10 Benet Salway, DPhil, University College London
The maritime chapter of Diocletian’s Prices Edict in light of the new evidence from Aphrodisias

13:10-13:30 Jacek Wiewiorowski, Associate Professor, University of Gdańsk
Maritime shipping in the insignia of the Notitia Dignitatum

13.30-13.50 Professor Francisco J. Andrés Santos, University of Valladolid
Roman survivals in the Nomos Rhodion Nautikos

13.50-14.10 Bartosz Zalewski, J.D., UMCS in Lublin
The Sea as Res Omnium Communes in Medieval and Early Modern Legal Literature

14.10-14.30 Łukasz Marzec, Assistant Professor, Jagiellonian University
The doctrine of servitude in the practice of international sea law – the victory or defeat of Roman law?

14:30-15:00 Discussion

15.00-15.10 Closing speech: Jacek Wiewiorowski, Associate Professor, University of Gdańsk