Henning Jessen studied law between 1996 and 2002 at the University of Kiel (including one year abroad at Copenhagen Business School 1999-2000).
After graduating with the First State Exam in Law (2002), he was accepted to postgraduate studies at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, USA (supported by a scholarship of the German-American Fulbright Association) obtaining an LL.M in Admiralty & Maritime Law.
He wrote a doctoral thesis on "WTO Law and Developing Countries" receiving his doctorate in 2005 from the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. After completion of the Second Legal State Exam in Hamburg (2006) he first started to work as trade lawyer for the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (2006-2008) in Berlin.
Between 2008-2012, Henning Jessen was a Professor for Transport Law and Maritime Law at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen.
In 2012, he accepted a position at the University of Hamburg as an Associate Professor for Public Maritime Law, with an emphasis on the Law of the Sea. As of October 2016 he is an Associate Professor for Maritime Law & Policy at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.
His most recent publication as editor and author of multiple chapters is the book "EU Maritime Transport Law" (Brussels Commentary, published in March 2016, C.H. Beck, ISBN 978-3-406-66718-3 (in cooperation with Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden und Hart Publishing, Oxford).
- Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
- International Environmental Law
- International Economic Law (WTO Law)
- Environmental Aspects of Uses of the Sea (esp. relating to "Offshore Oil & Gas")
- Carriage of Goods by Sea Law / International Aspects of Transport Law
- Comparative Law
- EU Law