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5th International Seminar „Roman maritime law” 19.04.2023


5th International Seminar

„Roman maritime law”


Department of Roman Law

Chair of Civil Law

Faculty of Law and Administration

University of Gdańsk

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 Gdansk is pleased to invite you to take part in the 5th International Seminar "Roman Maritime Law", devoted to various aspects of Roman law of the sea and of the maritime activity of the Romans. The meeting will be attended by researchers who explored these issues in their research. It is intended to provide an opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to historical and legal research, but important for the present. A seminar is an accompanying event to the XI Ogólnopolska Konferencja Prawa Morskiego "Zapobieganie zanieczyszczaniu morza przez statki: MARPOL – 50 lat i co dalej?" (National Maritime Law Conference - Preventing Ship-Sourced Polution MARPOL: Five Decades and Whither Now?), Gdańsk 20.04.2023 (

Seminar Program

University of Gdańsk, Law and Administration Faculty, Jana Bażyńskiego street 6, Gdańsk, room 2002 and

online - 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 Nicholas Sekunda, University of Gdańsk

Why did Caesar prohibit the export of whetstones bought Crete after the Ides of March?

10:20-10:40 Zuzanna Benincasa, Associate Professor, University of Warsaw

Freedom of fishing vs freedom of bird hunting in the legislation of the Roman emperors

10:40-11:00 Lyuba Radulova, Assistant Professor, Sofia University “Sv. Kliment Ohridski”

Notes on the maritime and land importation of goods. The Lex portus Asiae and the lex from Andriake

11:00-11.20 Professor Francisco J. Andrés Santos, University of Valladolid

The gubernator navis as a metaphor of the government of the state in the Roman oratory

11:20-12:00 Discussion/ Coffee Break

12:00-12:20 Professor Anna Tarwacka, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw

Interacting with pirates - self-defence and negotiations

12:20-12:40 Petr Dostalík, PhD, Assistant Professor, Palacký University Olomouc

The legal basis of piracy (maritime robbery) in the Roman concept of furtum

12:40-13:00 Jacek Wiewiorowski, Associate Professor, University of Gdańsk

Comes Orientis as an officer responsible for the cleaning of river Orontes

13:00-13:20 Bartosz Zalewski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin

Between the freedom of navigation and the protection of maritime territory - the views of Alberico Gentili on the basis of the case described in Hispanicae Advocationis lib. I, cap. 8

13:20-14:00 Discussion

14:00 Closing speech: Jacek Wiewiorowski, Associate Professor, University of Gdańsk


Post scriptum

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