Henrik Ringbom is, since September 2012, part-time Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Oslo and Adjunct Professor in maritime law and the law of the sea at Åbo Akademi University. He is also the owner/manager of Marilaw Ab, a law firm/consultancy based in Mariehamn, Åland, Finland. His professional career has been divided between academia and European civil service. Following graduation at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland (1995) and London School of Economics (1997), he worked as Administrator at the Maritime Safety Unit of the European Commission in Brussels between 1997 and 2003. He returned to academia in 2003 to work as Research Fellow with the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Oslo, obtaining a PhD degree there in 2007. Between 2007 and 2012, he was Head of Unit for Environment, Training and Statistics at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Lisbon. He has been the representative of the European Commission in IMO’s Legal Committee, the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds and various regional marine environmental protection organizations, and of EMSA in IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. His main research interest is the relationship between EU maritime law and international law.