Course descriptions

After completing the course on Maritime Law, the participants will have acquired a broad understanding of the legal responsibilities they meet in their daily commercial transactions, as well as the legal commitments they encounter representing the company.


Consisting of two days with class room teaching and exercises together with distance learning conducted as ‘webinars’, the objective of the module in maritime law is to provide the students with a broad understanding of the legal responsibilities and concepts they face in their daily commercial transactions and the main areas of law of relevance primarily to a modern ship owning company.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how international maritime law affects maritime commercial transactions
  • Discuss the difference between legal regimes with particular emphasis on English Contract Law
  • Explain international law in relation to shipping disputes, cargo damage, claims procedures, insurance law  and the use of correct terminology to argue viewpoints
  • Understand the basic mechanisms in place to resolve commercial disputes, including arbitration and mediation procedures
  • Understand the process of maritime liens and the role of P&I Clubs/legal representatives in this respect
  • Understand international law in relation to collisions, salvage, general average, oil pollution and the importance of collecting evidence 
  • Understand the rights and obligations in relation to Bills of Lading, Hague, Hague Visby, Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules
  • Compare key voyage and time charter parties from a legal perspective and identify suitable rider clauses
  • Know about the legal responsibilities particular for passenger transportation
  • Know about the legal processes related to sale and purchase of ships
  • Understand how to organise a shipowners business and ensure global legal compliance
  • Understand various methods of ship financing, loans and security
  • Understand pool agreements and ways of cooperation between shipowners


At the end of the course, the participants are required to attend a 4 hour formal written examination.


Case study

Executed in working groups with 3 – 5 members all students will be designated with the challenge of writing a case study. Each working group may choose between maritime economics or maritime law as the subject matter for the case study. The case study will be examined orally.


Text Books

“Maritime Law” by Yvonne Baatz.

“Cases and materials on the Carriage of Goods by Sea” by Anthony, Jason Chuah and Martin Dockray.