Welcome

PORTIUS is an international non-profit centre specialising in the study of the law of ports and harbours.

Port law is essential to the functioning of ports, traditional gateways to global trade. In a fascinating way, port law combines port-related aspects of maritime and transport law, international law of the sea, public law, economic law, labour law, environmental law and various other branches of the law.

PORTIUS is based on international and EU network of port law academics and practitioners. It is chaired by Professor Eric Van Hooydonk, an experienced port lawyer who is a member of the Maritime Institute of Ghent University in Belgium.

On this website you will find contact details of port lawyers and news about port law-centred events and publications.

PORTIUS is pleased to announce the following recent initiatives:

New manual on the EU Seaports Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/352 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2017 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on the financial transparency of ports)

Antwerp, 12 March 2020 – Port monopolies, concessions, tariffs and labour: what does the EU Seaports Regulation change?
– An EU port policy evening in the headquarters of the Port Authority of Antwerp with contributions from the Port of Antwerp and the European Commission – POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE BECAUSE OF THE CORONA EPIDEMIC

Ghent, 13 March 2020 – Crash course on the EU Seaports Regulation – An intensive one-day training course about Regulation (EU) 2017/352 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 February 2017 establishing a framework for the provision of port services and common rules on the financial transparency of ports, organised at the Maritime Institute of Ghent University – POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE BECAUSE OF THE CORONA EPIDEMIC

Ghent, 29 April 2020 – Crash course on the new Belgian Shipping Code (in Dutch) – An intensive one-day training course about the new Belgian Shipping Code, adopted under an Act of 8 May 2019, organised at the Maritime Institute of Ghent University

Ghent, 10-11 September 2020 – Port law between globalisation and deglobalisation. Trade, migration, competition, charging, labour and liability aspects of port and port terminal operations considered from an international and European perspective – 11th European Colloquium on Maritime Law Research (ECMLR), organised at the Maritime Institute of Ghent University in cooperation with the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (University of Oslo) and the Institute of Maritime Law (University of Southampton)