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LAWS6153 Admiralty Law

Module Overview

Shipping plays a critical role in the global economy. Generally, shipping is very well regulated, not least internationally by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). However, nevertheless, sometimes things do still go wrong with ships at sea. That is, they collide with each other, sink, run aground, pollute or cause injury to persons on board including passengers and crew. In short, Admiralty Law considers the liability consequences when shipping goes wrong. That is, who is liable for these casualties and to what extent? Much of the framework is set out in a sophisticated suite of international maritime conventions which form the IMO’s liability and compensation regime. These international conventions apply in many countries, well beyond the UK. As shipping is inherently international, this presents difficulties with enforcing maritime claims. An important part of admiralty law is the pre-trial security measures available to maritime claimants, including the arrest of the defendant’s vessel and the freezing of the defendant’s assets by way of injunction.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles and doctrines governing salvage and collision liabilities, liability for passengers, towage and port and wreck liability and limitation of liability; admiralty enforcement procedures and security measures.
  • The main commercial, safety, and public policies and values underpinning admiralty law.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse relevant legal materials, including international conventions, statutes, case law and standard form maritime contracts.
  • Identify key legal and policy issues in their commercial, safety, insurance and environmental contexts.
  • Apply admiralty principles, with appropriate legal authorities, in the solution of complex practical problems involving multiple regimes of liability.
  • Draft legal advice based upon such problems.
  • Critically appraise and offer solutions in existing areas of debate in U.K. and international maritime law.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse complex written texts and evaluate different types of arguments.
  • Construct arguments and solve problems based on premises drawn from various sources.
  • Communicate arguments in writing and reference sources appropriately.

Syllabus

Topics covered in the course: Liabilities at Sea 1. Collisions at sea 2. Salvage 3. Towage law 4. Wreck removal 5. Passenger liabilities 6. Pollution from ships 7. Limitation of liability Recovery - Making a Claim 8. Admiralty Jurisdiction 9. Claims in rem 10. Arrest procedure 11. Judicial sale and liens 10. Freezing injunctions 11. Jurisdiction on the merits

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: One 2-hour class per week (three-weekly cycle of two 2-hour lectures and one 2-hour seminar) Learning activities include: - Class discussion - Practical problem solving activities - Individual research - Use of web based sources

TypeHours
Lecture30
Tutorial14
Independent Study256
Total study time300

Assessment

Formative

Essay or problem question

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Closed book Examination  (3.5 hours) 75%
Essay  (2500 words) 25%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Closed book Examination  (3.5 hours) 75%
Essay  (2500 words) 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Closed book Examination  (3.5 hours) 75%
Essay  (2500 words) 25%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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