Dr. Jan-Erik PötschkeLawyer | Partner


20459 Hamburg
Schaarsteinwegsbrücke 2
Telephone +49 40 378588-23
Telefax +49 40 378588-88

Dr. Jan-Erik Pötschke is a partner in our shipping department in Hamburg and mainly advises shipowners, shipyards, P&I clubs and ship managers. He studied law in Trier and Freiburg and did his doctorate on the liability of shipowners according to German and English law. His international training included activities in maritime law firms in Mumbai and Singapore. He was admitted to the bar in 1997. After working as an inhouse counsel for an insurance broker in the field of transport insurance, Dr. Pötschke joined our law firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2002. He has extensive experience in the field of charterparty disputes, ship purchases and sales as well as cargo contract disputes and is part of the Casualty Response Team at Ahlers & Vogel, where he advises shipowners and their insurers with regard to shipping accidents both, at home and abroad.


  • German Association for International Maritime Law (DVIS)
  • German Association for Transport Law (DGTR)
  • German Singaporean Law Association (DSJV)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Titulary Member Comité Maritime International
  • Expert of the Federal Ministry of Justice to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) on Judicial Sale of Ships

Foreign Languages: English


  • §§ 452 – 452b; 452d HGB Multimodalvertrag;
  • §§ 476 – 479 HGB Personen der Schifffahrt;
  • § 481 – 494 HGB Stückgutfrachtvertrag;
  • § 527 – 535 HGB Reisefrachtvertrag in: Münchener Kommentar zum Handelsgesetzbuch, Band 7 – Transportrecht, 4. Auflage, Verlag C. H. Beck / Verlag Franz Vahlen, München 2020
  • Rechtssicherheit bei Zwangsversteigerung – HANSA International Maritime Journal, Heft 07/2023, S. 28f.
  • Ungewissheit nach Hanjin-Insolvenz – zusammen mit Rechtsanwältin Katharina Oechsle – HANSA International Maritime Journal, Heft 10/2016, S. 32f.
  • Overloaded containers a matter of the past – HANSA International Maritime Journal, Heft 08/2016, S. 42f.

„Die Haftung des Reeders für Ansprüche aus Konnossementen unter einer Zeitcharter nach deutschem und englischem Recht.“
Reihe: Schriften zum Seehandelsrecht, Band
LIT-Verlag, Münster 1999, 220 Seiten
ISBN 3-8258-4223-1

„Gütertransportversicherung“ in:
Hamburger Handbuch des Exportrechts, Paschke/Graf/Olbrisch,
Auflage, Verlag C.H.Beck, München 2014,
ISBN 978-3-406-65261-5

„Frachtgeschäft“ in:
Lexikon des Rechts
Loseblattwerk 8 Ordner April 2001 Luchterhandverlag, Neuwied
ISBN 3-472-10700-6.