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The University of Southampton
Institute of Maritime Law

About us

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.

Taken at the Donald O'May 2019
Taken at the Donald O'May 2019

The Institute is now composed of 22 Members and has established an international reputation. Although part of the Southampton Law School, the Institute is privately funded and meets its costs from earned income and from sponsorship.

The Institute maintains a maintains the specialised Philippa Kaye Library which contains a wide range of maritime law materials and is used regularily by visiting academics from around the world. 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.

**Please note the IML does not administer the Academic courses, for more details please see the Law School website

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