Special Advisor

Dr. WU Chao

Dr. WU Chao, Special Advisor. Joined CPI from January 2022. She has Bachelor and Master in French and French Literature from Universities in Shanghai and Toulouse, and Master and Ph.D. in Law from Sorbonne University, Paris, France. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, French and English. Until June 2021, she was the Chief Legal Officer of the UK P&I Club, responsible for the legal aspects of the Club's insurance business, including Club Rules and constitutional documents, reinsurance contracts, Members' documentation and terms of entry, Members' contracts, the development of cover wordings for charterers and for offshore energy & specialist operations, and advice to Members on international legal developments.  She was the first woman member of the UK Club's senior management team, and a regular presenter at the Club's external Board meetings for more than 15 years. Dr. Wu is an acknowledged expert on the International Group (IG) Pooling Agreement, having served for 13 years as the Chairman of the IG Pooling Agreement Committee. She served as a Director of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation; a member of the IG Pollution Committee; and the Chairman of the IG Co-Assured Committee. She was a member of the French International Law Society and US and UK Maritime Law Associations. She was an invited speaker at many international conferences; was a keynote speaker at BIMCO's 100th anniversary, and served as a visiting professor of the IMO’s International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. Dr. Wu is an internationally recognized expert in the field of oil pollution liability and compensation. She is the author of two much quoted books on this subject in English and French that were awarded prizes by the British Insurance Law Association and the Institute du Droit Economique de la Mer in Monaco. She established the UK Club's US spill management arrangements to assist Members; provided strategic advice in the handling of major pollution claims including the Haven and Athos 1 spills, as well as travelled and advised shipowners around the world on environmental liability and all aspect of P&I cover over the past 25 years.