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Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Institute of Maritime Law - Wednesday Afternoon Seminar Seminar

14:00 - 15:00
19 February 2014
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 02, room 1089

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Institute Secretary at .

Event details

Hugh Shaw: "The work of SOSREP Maritime Casualty Intervention."

One particular contribution of the Institute of Maritime Law to the one-year LL.M. course in Maritime Law is the popular series of lectures by visiting practitioners, which take place every Wednesday afternoon in the Autumn and Spring terms. The speakers are all from the shipping and marine insurance industries and give students an insight into how the legal principles studied in the modules of the LL.M. Programme are put into practice in the world of shipping and international trade. The Spring Programme usually includes a boat trip around Southampton Docks.

The programme has been designed primarily for students studying maritime law options at postgraduate or undergraduate level. However, lectures are open to all law students who may find the topics of interest. The seminars are intended to complement your studies by providing insights into the legal, commercial and practical background of maritime law, material which goes beyond the content of normal academic lectures.

The lecturers are organised by Prof P. Todd ( If you are interested in attending any of the seminars please contact the Insititute Secretary ( to confirm that there is space available on the particular week. If you are interested in speaking in the seminars please email Prof. P. Todd for the availability over the next academic year 2014-2015.

Speaker information

Hugh Shaw, World Maritime University. Hugh is the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) and has been in post since 1 January 2008. He served in the Merchant Navy as a Deck Officer with Mobil Shipping Company before moving into HM Coastguard, now part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Hugh has spent 28 years with the MCA and in that time has specialised in a number of fields including search and rescue and counter pollution and salvage. He has a wide experience in emergency planning and has played integral roles in the planningand execution of both UK and international major exercises. As the SOSREP Hugh is responsible for removing or reducing the risk to persons, property and the UK environment arising from accidents involving ships, fixed platforms or subsea infrastructure. He is also the UK’s ‘competent authority’ for designating Places of Refuge. Since taking up his post in 2008 Hugh has been involved in over 260 incidents including the LT CORTESIA, ICE PRINCE , MV RIVERDANCE and the removal of the final sections of the MSC NAPOLI.

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