Employee Profile

Jonatan Echebarria Fernández

Associate Professor - Department of Law and Governance


Jonatan Echebarria Fernández joined the Department of Law and Governance in 2021. He holds a PhD in Law from CBS, where he was employed as PhD Fellow and Research Assistant. He was awarded two LLMs (European Union Law and Shipping Law, respectively) in Spain. He has undertaken PhD courses from the Hague Academy of International Law, the University of the Basque Country, CBS, Lund University, Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark. He has pursued specialised courses and certificates from the Lloyd's Maritime Academy, the Cambridge Judge Business School, Columbia University, the College of Europe, the University of the Basque Country, CBS Executive and Harvard University.

Jonatan is currently responsible for the following courses at the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA): Marine Insurance, International Maritime Law, Organising the Shipowning Entity and Shipping Management. He is an Honorary Lecturer at The City Law School (City, University of London), where he taught Commercial Law and Contract Law modules at the LLB programme alongside Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Trade Law at the LLM programme. He has previously taught Maritime Law, EU Law, International Commercial Law and International Business Law at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Jonatan's research interests span from Maritime & Commercial disputes and European Conflict of Laws to Environmental Law. He is currently working in some articles and book chapters related to the impact of marine pollution focused on least developed countries’ coastal communities. His PhD-based book titled “Jurisdiction and arbitration agreements in contracts for the carriage of goods by sea – limitations on party autonomy” has been published by Routledge in March 2021. He has delivered presentations at international conferences during the last years.

Jonatan has carried out research activities at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, the University of the Basque Country, the University of Cambridge, the World Maritime University, the International Maritime Organization, the Ghent Law School, the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, the UCD Sutherland School of Law and the University of Southampton. His research has attracted funding from different foundations such as Otto Mønsteds Fond, Professor dr. jur. Sørens mindefond, Reinholdt W. Jorck og Hustrus Fond or Oticon fonden. He was awarded the Basque Government´s Internationalisation grant in 2011 and the Claes Isacson scholarship 2016 handed over by Gard AS.

Jonatan is a Spanish qualified lawyer and he has been registered as a member of the Biscay Bar Association in Spain between 2010 and 2016. His earlier professional experience includes working at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU (Shipping Working Party at the Council of the EU), the European Investment Bank, the Trade Office of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Maritime Administration and the Bilbao Port Authority (Spain).
Academic Degrees
Year Academic Department Degree
2019 Copenhagen Business School PhD in Law
2013 University of the Basque Country Master Cand. Jur.
2010 University of Deusto Master Cand. Jur.
2009 University of Deusto Bachelor
Work Experience
Year Employer Job Title
2021 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate professor
2021 - Present The City Law School (City, University of London) Honorary Lecturer
2020 - 2021 The City Law School (City, University of London) Lecturer in Law and Academic Visitor Programme Director
2019 - 2019 European Documentation and Research Centre (Centre de Documentation et de Recherches Européennes, CDRE), University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) Postdoctoral Fellow
2014 - 2018 Law Deparment, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) PhD Fellow and Research Assistant
2014 - 2014 Bilbao Port Authority Legal expert
2012 - 2013 Luxembourg Maritime Administration Legal consultant
2012 - 2012 Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union Assistant to the Counsellor at the Shipping Working Party of the Council of the European Union
2012 - 2012 Economic & Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Belgium and Luxembourg International Trade Advisor
2011 - 2011 European Investment Bank (EIB) Trainee at JESSICA Middle Office and Southwest Europe Office
2010 - 2010 Kontseilaritza Asesoría Legal, S.L. Legal consultant
2008 - 2009 Avalon Tecnologías de la Información Legal Assistant to the CFO and the CEO