Nick Gaskell has 40 years experience as a research active academic. Since being at the TC Beirne School of Law he has held the posts of Dean of Law and Head of School (Acting), Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and Director of Research. Prior to joining the School he held (from 1994) the titled position of "David Jackson Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law" at the School of Law of the University of Southampton, UK. From 2003-2007 he was Head of that School, and from 1996-1999 was Director of its Institute of Maritime Law.
He has lectured widely to the maritime professions and academic community all over the world, including Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Yugoslavia, UK. He worked with the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand on courses in the 1980s and 1990s and continues to be an active member. He was a Visiting Law Lecturer at Monash University in 1984 and 1986. He has represented the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) at the International Maritime Organisation's Legal Committee, and at the meetings of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. He has attended and participated in many diplomatic conferences which have produced international maritime law conventions, including the Salvage Convention 1989, the 1992 Protocol to the Civil Liability Convention for Oil Pollution Damage, the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention 1996, the Bunker Pollution Convention 2001, the Athens Convention on the Carriage of Passengers 2002, and the liability Protocol to the Antarctic Convention.
He has written books and articles on a wide range of maritime and related commercial law subjects. His work on carriage of goods by sea (bills of lading) has been cited in courts internationally, including Australia (High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court of Victoria), Hong Kong, Singapore (Court of Appeal), New Zealand (High Court) and the UK (including the House of Lords). He is a Titulary Member of the Comite Maritime International (CMI), a qualified UK barrister and is an associate tenant of Quadrant Chambers (a leading set of maritime law chambers in London).