The Institute of Maritime Law was founded in 1982 to give focus to an existing interest in maritime and international trade law as these subjects had been an important feature of law at Southampton for some ten years.
The Institute is now composed of some sixteen Members and has established an international reputation. Although part of the School of Law, the Institute is privately funded. It meets its costs from earned income and from sponsorship.
The Institute maintains a fully staffed office and employs Research Assistants to assist with Institute projects. It maintains the specialised Philippa Kaye Library which contains a wide range of maritime law materials. Close connections are maintained with leading maritime lawyers, academics, maritime law associations and international organisation based all over the world. These include IMO, BMLA, IOPC, UNCITRAL, CMI as well as maritime law research centres at Oslo, Tulane, Rotterdam, and Hamburg to name but a few.
The Institute runs a large variety of courses and seminars, undertakes consultancy on all aspects of maritime and shipping law and has been commissioned by a large variety of bodies, associations, corporations and law firms to advise on UK, foreign, public international and convention law.