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The University of Southampton
Institute of Maritime Law

47th Maritime Law Short Course


Over the past three months, the University of Southampton and the Institute of Maritime Law have been monitoring the evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak on a daily basis. In view of the measures being put in place for the containment of the outbreak at national level by the UK Government, including the restrictions to international travels, as well as the precautionary measures that have been implemented at the University of Southampton for a wide spectrum of its activities, it is with profound regret that we have decided to postpone the 47th Maritime Law Short Course to 16 – 28 August 2021. The decision has been made with the utmost professional responsibility in mind and the duty of care we have for the safety of all delegates, speakers, and administrative staff of the Short Course.

If you require any further information, please contact the IML via email.


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About the course

Running for the 47th year, the world renowned Maritime Law Short Course will take place in Southampton in the summer of 2020.

The Maritime Law Short Course at Southampton has been providing innovative maritime law training to delegates from around the world for the last 46 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.

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.

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, a lasting resource for delegates and their colleagues.

Residential Course fee 2 weeks:

£5995 (VAT Exempt)

Early Bird Discounted fee for bookings made by Friday 5th June - £5250

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 Sarah Yarham


*For cancellations received by 5 June 2020 a refund of monies paid, less £400 administration fee, will be issued. The full course fees will be payable in respect of cancellations thereafter.


The Maritime Law Short Course will take place in the Chilworth Manor Hotel. Set in 12 acres of landscaped grounds, the former Edwardian Manor House offers charming accommodation and a state of the art health club and spa.

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