Research project

Chinese Maritime Code reform

Project overview

The current Chinese Maritime Code was adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1993. There is now a project to update the Code to match developing commercial realities. A revised Chinese Maritime Code is expected to be adopted in the next couple of years. Institute of Maritime Law members have contributed expertise and research to the reform project by participating in invitational seminars, giving presentations to drafting committee members and offering consultation responses. IML members have published a large number of comparative and analytical studies of current Chinese maritime law. A series of conferences in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2019 on Chinese and English maritime law saw the participation of key members of the Project for the Amendment of the CMC participating on each occasion and resulted in two edited collections on insurance and maritime law in China, published in 2015 and 2016. The Institute's long-standing engagement is evidenced in a recent work by scholars at Peking University charting IML members' involvement in the genesis of the 1993 CMC.


Lead researcher

Dr Liang Zhao

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Maritime law
  • Contract and commercial law
  • Insurance law
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Other researchers

Dr Johanna Hjalmarsson LLM, PhD

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Marine insurance
  • Insurance
  • Carriage of goods by sea
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs

Liang Zhao, 2022, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 2022(3), 661-692
Type: article
Liang Zhao, 2022, Legal Studies, 42(1), 120-136
Type: article
Zhengliang Hu & Meixian Song, 2021, Lloyd's Shipping and Trade Law, 2021(6)
Type: article
Liang Zhao, 2021, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 45(3), 667-702
Type: article