Charlotte Spiteri qualified as a lawyer in 2011, following which she was awarded a full scholarship by the Maltese Ministry of Foreign Affairs so as to pursue a masters programme in International Maritime Law at the International Maritime Law Institute. Thereafter, she volunteered briefly with a local NGO assisting illegal immigrants. She then joined the commercial department of a local firm prior to joining Fenech and Fenech Advocates in 2014 so as to pursue her passion in shipping law.

 

Charlotte Spiteri has assisted with several security transactions involving the registration of mortgages and amendment mortgages over Malta flagged vessels, as well as the subsequent deletion of same.  She has also been involved in the pledging of ship owning company’s shares, as further security granted to financiers in shipping transactions.

 

She has also been involved in the ship sale and purchase area as well as the registration of vessels under the Malta flag, including also transfers of ownership within the flag. She has dealt with the ongoing requisites to ensure compliance of vessels with domestic legislation and international conventions that Malta is party to, leading up to the eventual closure of registry of the vessels under the Malta flag.

Education

2013
Institute of Financial Practitioners (Malta), Foundation Certificate in Trusts Law and Management, Trusts

2011 – 2012
IMO International Maritime Law Institute, Master of Laws (LL.M.) with Distinction, International Maritime Law. Dissertation: “Climate Change: IMO’s initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from ships”. Awarded the REMPEC Marine Environmental Law Prize

2009 – 2011
University of Malta, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.). Dissertation: “The Warrant of Arrest of Sea Vessels”

Oct 2010 – Feb 2010
Università di Bologna

Erasmus Student Mobility Programme
Subject Area: Diritto della Navigazione, Diritto Internazionale Privato e Processuale

2008 – 2009
University of Malta, Dip. Notary Public

2005 – 2008
University of Malta, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.)

Memberships & Involvements

Malta Maritime Law Association – Member of the Sub-Committee on the revision of the Merchant Shipping Act and Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure

Malta Chamber of Advocates – Member

Admitted to the Bar – 2012

Articles &Publications
  • “Lost Mortgage Instruments”, co-authored with Dr Lara Saguna Axiaq, published in ILO Shipping & Transport Newsletter, November 2018
  • Module 8 – International Conventions – Diploma in Maritime Law, published by the Maritime Training Academy, Hampshire, UK, 2018/2019
  • Module 8 – International Conventions – Diploma in Maritime Law, published by the Maritime Training Academy, Hampshire, UK, 2017/2018.
  • Module 8 – International Conventions – Diploma in Maritime Law, published by the Maritime Training Academy, Hampshire, UK, 2016/2017.