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Dr Sonia Ajini

Associate Lecturer in Shipping Law

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+357 24694000


Master of Laws in Maritime law (London Metropolitan University, 2014)

Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law (London Metropolitan University, 2014)

Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Understanding Shipping Course (2007)

Doctor of Law (University of Matej Bel, Slovakia, Commercial and international law, 2005)

Master of Laws (University of Matej Bel, Slovakia, Four major subject (criminal law, civil law, international law, and commercial law- with Excellent, 1999-2003)

Associate Lecturer in Shipping Law, UCLan Cyprus (2016 -now)


Commercial Law; Contract law; Company Law; Shipping Law; Dispute Resolution


Employment Track

Sonia Ajini & Co LLC (law firm)- Founder and owner, 2021 to date.

Global Ports Investments Plc- non-executive director from July 2022 to October 2022.

Ajilex Ltd (legal advisors and maritime consultants) – Founder and Managing Director, 2018 to date.

Freelance Legal Advisor to Several Companies, 2018 to date.

Board member of a Group of Companies involved with intellectual property, 2018-2021.

  1. G. Zambartas LLC, Limassol Cyprus – Senior Legal Consultant, 2010 to 2018.

Elias Marine Consultants Ltd – Claims Executive, 2006-2008.

Interorient Marine Services Ltd – Legal Assistant, 2003-2006


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Member of the Cyprus Bar Association
  • Member of the Slovak Bar Association
  • Director and Vice-president of Cyprus-Slovak Business Association, 2019 to date
  • Special Agent of the Liberian Maritime Registry in Cyprus, 2017 to date
  • Cyprus Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAMC)- Director and Secretary General and Company Secretary, 2011 – 2020
  • Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA Cyprus) – Founding Member, Director and Vice-President, 2012 – 2014
  • Cyprus Slovak Friendship Association- Member of the Executive Committee, 2011 – 2014

Research Interests

Commercial Law; Contract law; Company Law; Shipping Law; Dispute Resolution

Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Course Leadership 

  • Commercial and Shipping Law


Selective Publications 

2017    Contributor / writer on a study on Protection of Minority Shareholders Rights for the European Commission as a selected National Counsel for Cyprus

2015    Contributor / writer of an Article on Improving access to information in Cyprus in public institutions: recent initiatives and developments (EBRD: LAW IN TRANSITION ONLINE 2015) contributor and co-writer of the study on “Arbitration in Southern Europe”, covering Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain’ for the European Parliament


Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

2020    Speaker at the Round Table on “Smart shipping: Challenge or opportunity? What sort of revolution will smart-shipping turn out to be?”, 3rd Shipping Symposium ‘The modern challenges of Shipping in Cyprus. Technical and legal trends in Smart Shipping’, organized by UCLan Cyprus School of Law, held under the auspices of the Deputy Ministry of Shipping, Republic of Cyprus, and sponsored by the Hellenic Bank, Limassol, 13 February 2020

2019 Speaker at the 2nd shipping symposium ‘The modern challenges of shipping in Cyprus. Focus on the legal and financial framework and structural reforms’, organised by the Law School, UCLan Cyprus, under the auspices of the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Minister, externally sponsored by the Hellenic Bank, Limassol, 31 January 2019

2017    Speaker at the Symposium on “The modern challenges of shipping in Cyprus. Focus on the legal framework, financing and dispute resolution” organised by the Law School of UCLan Cyprus with the Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping under the auspices of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works of Cyprus, 7 December 2017. Sponsored by the Hellenic Bank Shipping.

2015    Speaker at a number of conferences held in Cyprus regarding commercial, maritime and arbitration issues and interviews conducted with the Slovak Broadcasting Association of Slovakia regarding Cyprus and its laws and regulations


Consultancy and CPD Training

Legal advisor to the Czech Embassy in Cyprus

Ad hoc legal advisor to the Slovak Embassy in Cyprus


2021, Listed amongst 100 top women in shipping award for 2020, All about

2020, Listed amongst 100 top women in shipping award for 2019, All about

2019, Finalist in the Kivotos Golden Lady Business Award of Cyprus in the category of Corporate Entrepreneur

Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

2015    Letter of appreciation from the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Mr. Miroslav Lajcak regarding Sonia’s legal assistance to the Slovaks in Cyprus