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Meixian Song

Areas of interest

Dr Meixian Song’s primary interest is in shipping and insurance Law, with a particular focus on carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance and admiralty law. Her main research explores the causation theory in insurance law and uses insurance causation as a model to justify different metaphysical accounts of causation in the law. Meixian also explores legal implications of circular economy in shipping law.

Meixian is the editor -in-chief of Informa Shipping and Trade Law, writing to the Lloyd’s London Market practitioners and commercial lawyers regarding the most updated and heated topics in the field.

Postgraduate supervision

  • PhD (Southampton), LLM(UCL), LLB (Dalian Maritime University, China)
  • FEA Fellow
  • Qualified practicing lawyer in China


  • Legal Skills
  • Tort Law

Research centres and groups

  • Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR)
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • Southampton Business School Blockchain and Supply Chain Research Group

Academic qualifications

  • PhD (Southampton), LLM(UCL), LLB (Dalian Maritime University, China)
  • FEA Fellow
  • Qualified practicing lawyer in China

Selected publications


  • Meixian Song, Rules of Causation in Insurance Contract Law, (Informa-Routledge, July 2014)

Book Chapters

  • Meixian Song (2020), ‘Moving Forward by Looking Back: Insuring Autonomous Vessels under English Hull and Machinery Cover and Law’ in Autonomous Ships and the Law, Henrik Ringbom, Erik Røsæg and Trond Solvang (eds), Abingdon: Informa Law from Routledge, December 2020, pp 222-239.
  • Meixian Song (2016), ‘Crew Negligence and Civil Liabilities in Carriage by Sea from a Comparative Aspect- Chinese Law and English Law’ in Maritime Law in China: Emerging Issues and Future DevelopmentsJohanna Hjalmarsson and Jenny Zhang (eds), Abingdon: Informa Law from Routledge, July 2016, pp 49-64.
  • Meixian Song (2014), ‘Insurance Contract Law Reform in England’ in Johanna Hjalmarsson and Dingjing Huang (eds), Insurance Law in China, Abingdon: Informa Law from Routledge,December 2014, pp 273-288.

Journal Articles

  • Meixian Song (accepted), ‘Insuring Smart Vessels in a Circular Economy: an analysis from the perspective of potential change in property interest’, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, November 2022
  • Meixian Song (2022), ‘Insurance for the Benefit of Third Parties - Behind the Mark Rowlands Principle’, British Insurance Law Association Journal Special Issue (open access)
  • Meixian Song (2021), ‘Revisiting Concurrent Causation and Principles in English Insurance Law: a Legal Fiction?’, Journal of Business Law, 2021 (6), pp 457-475
  • Meixian Song (2017), ‘Measure of Damages and Mitigation under Time Charterparty’, Journal of International Maritime Law, 2017, 23, pp 159-171
  • Meixian Song (2014), ‘Is Negligence a Cause of Loss In Marine Insurance? British Insurance Law Association Journal, Issue 127, Jan 2014, pp 57-70
  • Meixian Song (2013), ‘Identifying Proximate Cause’, 24 Insurance Law Journal (Australia), September 2013, pp 174-185