Francesco Berlingieri joined the Journal's Editorial Board in 1969. The head of the Genoa law firm Studio Legale Berlingieri, he is the author of numerous books on maritime law including, most recently, The Travaux Préparatoires of the Hague Rules and of the Hague-Visby Rules (1997) and The Travaux Préparatoires of the 1910 Collision Convention and of the 1952 Arrest Convention (1997). He also is the honorary president of the Comité Maritime International, editor of Il Diritto Marittimo, and president of the Italian Maritime Law Association. Professor Berlingieri holds an LL.B. from the University of Genoa and an LL.D. from Antwerp University.