Legal expert and lector Welmoed van der Velde considers her field of Maritime Law to be a fine puzzle. In shipping, after all, law and technology are always in constant flux. And what's more, the regulations differ per country. Her work includes carrying out research into the reduction of administrative tasks at sea.
“I am a lawyer and obtained my PhD with a thesis on the position of seagoing ships in international private law. As a hearing officer at the Ministry of Security and Justice I have drafted maritime law and negotiated treaties at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). I am now a temporary judge at the Northern Netherlands law court and lector in Maritime Law. My most important research subject is the interaction between (maritime) technology and law. Technical innovations require new regulations. The reverse is also true; new regulations need technical innovations in order for these regulations to be met. What's more, the shipping regulations differ from country to country. I couldn't ask for a finer puzzle as a lawyer.”