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. News on new events and publications will follow soon.