Prof. Patrick Donner

Prof. Patrick Donner

Maritime Transport and Commerce
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Short CV
Professor Donner received his LLM degree from the University of Turku , Finland in 1975, qualified for the Bar in Finland in 1977 and served on the bench as deputy judge and acting chief judge of the Court of Mariehamn for several years in the late 1970’s. He has served in the Sally Shipping group for 12 years as chief legal counsel, company secretary and deputy managing director with responsibility for the legal affairs of the group (oil tankers, ferry operations in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and cruise operations in the Caribbean). After the Sally Group, he was managing director for Delfin Cruises Ltd in Finland, operating cruises in the Baltic, after which he ran his own law and management consultancy firm for a few years. During all this time, he taught maritime law (part-time) at the Maritime Academy of Aaland and also held numerous non-executive positions on boards of directors of shipping and insurance companies. From 1995 to 2017 Professor Donner was at the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, as Associate Professor in Shipping Management and as Associate Academic Dean, teaching international post-graduate students in commercial aspects of shipping, particularly maritime and commercial law and marine insurance in Malmo, Sweden as well as in Shanghai, P.R. of China. From 2005 until 2018 he was also the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Insurance course offered by distance learning. In 2018 WMU awarded him the title Honorary Professor.
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