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Institute of Maritime Law

45th Maritime Law Short Course

The Maritime Law Short Course at Southampton has been providing innovative maritime law training to delegates from around the world for the last 44 editions. As the only comprehensive residential course available on maritime law in the UK, the course combines a top quality learning environment with world leading expertise.


This course is accredited by the Law Society of England and Wales Continuing Professional Development Scheme for the full requirement of 16 CPD hours and for 33 hours with the English Bar Standards Board.

Course details

The 2018 course will take place in Southampton from Monday 20 August - Friday 7th September. 

Join us for the 45th Maritime Law Short Course and find out why we believe we provide the world’s leading maritime law course. The fusion of academic excellence and practical insight provided by our leading scholars, industry professionals and legal practitioners ensures an in-depth dissection of the legal issues affecting today’s shipping industry, as well as a crucial pragmatic advantage for the delegates.

The course pioneers an interactive approach to training, including question and answer sessions and small group discussions, in addition to traditional seminars. Delegates will work in an environment where they are best able to engage with this ever changing area of law and will train with others from major shipping law firms, maritime operators, traders and P&I Clubs. All participants will be provided with the latest legal materials, which will place delegates at the forefront of the industry’s developments, guaranteeing an enduring benefit for all the participants and their organisations.

This year we also move to a new hotel in the city centre of Southampton, the 4* Grand Harbour Hotel and Spa. 


Professor Yvonne Baatz - Professor in Maritime and Commercial Law

Mr Richard Coles - Senior Research Fellow

Professor James Davey - Professor of Insurance and Commercial Law

Dr Johanna Hjalmarsson - Informa Associate Professor in Maritime and Commercial Law

Mr Spiros Papadas - Research Fellow 

Captain Richard Pilley - Senior Research Fellow, Former Director Thomas Miller P&I

Dr Filip Saranovic - Lecturer in Maritime Law

Professor Andrew Serdy - Professor in Public International Law

Professor Hilton Staniland - Professor of Maritime Law

Professor Paul Todd - Professor of Commercial and Maritime Law

Mr Robert Veal - Lecturer in Law

Dr Jenny Zhang - Lecturer in Maritime and Commercial Law


We look forward to welcoming a number of specialist speakers from the city of London and beyond.

Course Outline - New session on Autonomy for 2018

The Short Course spans three weeks, with up to six intensive one hour sessions per day, interspersed with question and answer sessions, case studies and informal discussions. Topics covered include:

English Maritime and Shipping Law - An introductory morning setting out the basic sources and methods of English law in a shipping context.

Shipbuilding and Sale Contracts - Formation: pre-delivery trials; warranties under SAJ, AWES and NEWBUILDCON; the new NSF 2012 and the SSD 2011.

Charterparties - Incorporation of the Hague-Visby Rules; fixtures ‘sub details’; safe ports; dangerous goods; seaworthiness; classification; delivery and redelivery; hire; freight, laytime and demurrage; liens.

Shipping Documents in International Trade - The tender of shipping documents under cif and fob contracts; to banks under letters of credit; endorsing the bill of lading to on-buyers; UCP 600 and Incoterms 2010.

Enforcing Maritime Claims - The law applicable to maritime claims; security, arrest and freezing orders; maritime liens; jurisdiction on the merits; arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996; and anti-suit injunctions.

Salvage, Towage and Wreck - The 1989 Salvage Convention; the Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement; environmental claims and expenses; “SCOPIC” clause; towage liabilities; standard towing conditions, wreck liabilities, wreck removal and the Wreck Removal Convention 2007.

Pollution Claims - Pollution liability; International Conventions (CLC and Fund Convention 1992, Supplementary Fund Protocol 2003); systems of limitation; pollution and cleanup practice; Bunker Pollution Convention 2001; the HNS Convention.

International Law, ISM Code, ISPS Code and the MLC 2006 - The rights and obligations of coastal and flag states; international maritime conventions, effects of the ISM Code and the STCW Convention 1995; the law relating to piracy.

Marine Insurance - Placing marine insurance; warranties; utmost good faith; fraudulent claims; cargo insurance; hull insurance; P&I Clubs; claims and reinsurance; subrogation; sue and labour, brokers and premium.


Fees - No fee rise for 7th year running

The course fee includes morning coffee, three course lunch, afternoon tea, evening dinner and accommodation from Monday morning to Friday afternoon of each week, including breakfast Tuesday - Friday. The course fee does not include any meals taken between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, nor accommodation for Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, however this can be arranged with the hotel for special rates. Delegates are also provided with a full range of materials and a copy of Maritime Law 4th edition, a lasting resource for delegates and their colleagues.

Residential Course fee: £7895 (VAT Exempt)

'Early bird' Discounted Course fee £6895 (for bookings made by 1 June 2018)

25% Multiple booking discount for each additional delegate from the same company (2nd delegate onwards)

For cancellations received by 1 June 2018 a refund of monies paid, less £400 administration fee, will be issued. The full course fee will be payable in respect of cancellations thereafter.

Enquiries and Bookings

Miss Clare Brady

Institute of Maritime Law

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3862



**Please note the Institute of Maritime Law reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses should a minimum number of delegates not sign up.**


New for 2018, we move to the 4* Grand Harbour Hotel and Spa. Located in the city centre, the Grand Harbour will provide delegates with a great base for the 3 week course. There will be special rates for weekend stays and the hotel offers multiple dining options, including the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill.

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