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Institute of Maritime Law (IML)

The Philippa Kaye Library

The Institute of Maritime Law houses the specialist Philippa Kaye law library.

The Philippa Kaye law library is 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: 

  • collection of P & I club materials
  • archive of bills of lading and charterparties
  • 40 Journal titles on regular subscriptions
  • 19 looseleaf titles including 4 USA titles 

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.  

Please contact the Institute Librarian for details of Library holdings. 


The Institute also contributes to AviationLaw.EU. 

Opening hours 

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

 Institute Librarian contact details 

Sara Le Bas is a qualified Librarian with a B.Sc. in Librarianship from Loughborough University. Sara has been Institute Librarian since 1993. Her in depth knowledge of the Institute Library and holdings is unrivalled: staff and visitors alike benefit from her ability to source any required materials and record new works on our bespoke Library catalogue. 

Mrs Sara Le Bas 
Institute Librarian 
Institute of Maritime Law 
Law School, University of Southampton 
Highfield, Southampton 
SO17 1BJ – UK 
Direct phone: +44 (0)23 8059 5767 

Room Number: 4/2041