Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Julia is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the LLM Commercial and Company Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior from moving to Rotterdam, Julia lectured Commercial Law at the University of Westminster and University of East Anglia. She has also lectured at the bachelor’s level at City, University of London, where she completed her PhD in Maritime Law.
Julia is involved in numerous academic activities, being the board member of the German American Maritime Institute, one of the executive editors of the International Transport Law Review, an executive member of the London Universities Maritime and Policy Group and finally a member of the Cross-Border Insolvency and Commercial Law Group. She regularly speaks in academic and industry conferences, having published articles in several renowned academics journals.
Before moving to Europe, Julia practiced law for a few years in Brazil, where she had the opportunity of dealing with international clients such as Citibank, Vestfrost, Amway, NIKE, BNL, and HSBC.
- Julia C.C. Lessa, ‘An Overview of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006’ (article written for the Insight section of Westlaw UK, upon request);
- Julia C.C. Lessa, Abandonment of seafarers following a piracy attack – breach or no breach of the employment contract? – MarIus nr. 424 pp 523 – 546, 2013;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, Offshore Platforms’ Seafarers: an excluded group within an overlooked sector? (joint article) European Transport Law Journal – 2014, pp 133-151;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, ‘How wide are the shoulders of a Flag of Convenience Country?’ In New Comparative Perspectives in Maritime, Transport and International Trade Law, edited by M. Musi (Libreria Bonomo Editrice: Bologna, 2014) pp. 227-252;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, ‘The Realm of Classification Societies. A brief legal analysis of Classification Societies in the shipping industry: their role, importance, and regulation’, In Il Diritto Marittimo – Quaderni I – New challengesin Maritime Law: de lege lata et de lege ferenda” – Bonomo Editore, pp. 189-216, ISBN 9788869720109;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, An Overview of the Maritime Labour Convention and its first years in force – Journal of International Maritime Law , (2016) 22 JIML, pp. 379-392
- Julia C.C. Lessa, Case Comment: Dean Richard Wilson v The Secretary of State for Transport, Princess Cruise Lines Limited, International Labour Organisation,  EWHC 2330 (Admin) 2015 WL 4578529 – The first MLC case in the UK , Journal of International Maritime Law (forthcoming)MLC: Much Ado About Nothing? European Transport Law Journal – 2014, pp 119-132;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, Book Review – The Maritime Labour Convention 2006, International Labour Law Redefined, edited by Jennifer Lavelle (Informa Law: London, 2014) – Journal of International Maritime Law – Journal of International Maritime Law Vol.20 Issue 4 (2014), pp. 303-305;
- Julia C.C. Lessa, Repatriation and financial security for seafarers: amendments to Maritime Labour Convention (Joint article with Johanna Hjalmarsson)– Shipping & Trade Law: September 2014, available on ilaw.