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Institute of Maritime Law

46th Maritime Law Short Course

The 2019 course will take place in Southampton between Monday 26 August and Friday 6th September.


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About the course

Now running for the 46th year, join us in Southampton this summer for the world renowned 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 45 years. 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.

Join us 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.



For those delegates who need to record details of their ongoing professional training, the course may be treated as CPD activity under the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the English Bar Standards Board schemes for continuing competence.

Speakers & course outline

Speakers will be from the Institute of Maritime Law and a number of specialist speakers from the city of London and beyond.

Course Outline

The course features 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. The Short Course provides a comprehensive all-round grounding in maritime law, with up to six intensive one hour sessions per day, interspersed with question and answer sessions, case studies and informal discussions.

The course will begin with 5 days devoted to dry shipping, centring on charterparties, bills of lading and documentary credits, followed by 2 days on marine insurance, and the final 3 days will group wet shipping (particularly Admiralty issues), private international law aspects of shipping and dispute resolution. The full programme will be posted shortly.

NEW for 2019
There will be a new introduction module online before the course start date for those with no previous exposure to shipping law and shipping documents or for those not from a common law background.

Booking & enquiries

The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during teaching, along with evening dinner and accommodation, checking in Monday and checking out Friday 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 2 weeks:

£5795 (VAT Exempt)

10% Multiple booking discount for companies sending 3 or more delegates, discount will apply to each booking.

For any questions or to book a place, please contact Miss Clare Brady


*For cancellations received by 3 June 2019 a refund of monies paid, less £400 administration fee, will be issued. The full course fees will be payable in respect of cancellations thereafter.


We return to the newly renamed Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour, situated in the centre of Southampton and right by the water.

Delegates will have access to spa and leisure facilities, plus a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill and the Royal Bar. Easily accessible by all transport means, the hotel is also just a 3 minute walk from West Quay Shopping Centre and a short drive from the Southampton Maritime Museum. Parking is available to book at an extra charge for those wishing to drive to Southampton.

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