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Institute of Maritime Law

The Philippa Kaye Library

The Institute of Maritime Law houses the specialist Philippa Kaye law library, a unique and comprehensive resource available to visiting scholars and maritime specialists. Leading academics from around the globe, practitioners from the City and post-graduates in maritime law are regular visitors. A reading room is also available, containing over 40 journal titles on regular subscription and a substantial amount of IMO and UNCTAD documentation.

The Library covers all aspects of Maritime Law and its holdings include:

We hold the most current editions of major practitioner works including Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance and Average; Benjamin’s Sale of Goods; Chitty on Contracts; Colinvaux and Merkin’s Insurance Contract Law (looseleaf); Carver on Bills of Lading; Dicey, Morris and Collins on The Conflict of Laws; Marsden: Collisions at Sea; Time Charters; and, Voyage Charters.

Our Journals collection contains a wealth of domestic and international papers, with titles including Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly; Journal of International Maritime Law; Journal of Business Law; International and Comparative Law Quarterly; Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce and Lloyd’s Maritime Law Newsletter.

In addition, the library boasts a complete collection of Lloyd’s Law Reports and American Maritime Law Cases. Other collections consist of Lloyd’s Law Reports Insurance & Reinsurance, The Times Law Reports, Commercial Cases, and Aspinall’s Reports of Maritime Cases.

In September 2010 the Library was awarded depository library status for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). All reference material is available for reference to the public by appointment.


Contact details

Please contact the Institute Librarian for details of Library holdings.

University of Southampton Law School student access

The library is not a lending library but students can apply for access if they cannot find the suitable resource in the main Hartley Library or via online resources. Please download the below form and complete all your details, including why/what you need to use the library for and then send this to your supervisor for approval. You will then be contacted when this has been sent to our Librarian and she will email you with the opening times and access details. 

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Opening hours

The Library is open by appointment only for most visitors, please contact the Librarian


The Institute also contributes to AviationLaw.EU.

Reference material books
Philippa Kaye Library in Maritime Law

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