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Queen Mary introduces new LLM in International Shipping Law

Queen Mary, University of London has become the first College within the University of London to offer a Masters of Law specialism in International Shipping Law.

Wednesday 30 January 2013


Marine industries are a major contributor to the UK economy, with a £10bn turnover and some 120,000 people in employment. With England’s Shipping Law frequently selected by international parties as the applicable law of shipping contracts, London is the forum for the resolution of any disputes that may arise, in the courts or by arbitration.

As the global economy starts to recover, the shipping industry will be faced with both opportunities and challenges in the coming years, including the continued expansion of demand in emerging economies such as China and India. The UK fleet has seen a dynamic revival in the last ten years and there are good prospects for growth in the industry.

Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) is based in Lincoln's Inn Fields, at the heart of London’s legal hub, with academic staff drawn from all parts of the world. It offers an unrivalled location to undertake studies in Shipping Law - London is home to the British Maritime Law Association, the UK subsidiary of the Comité Maritime International, and the London Maritime Arbitrators Association.

Students of International Shipping Law at Queen Mary will be taught in close proximity to the vast majority of the top-tier law firms for Shipping Law in the UK, including Ince & Co, Clyde & Co LLP and Hill Dickinson LLP, as ranked in the Legal 500 and the Chambers & Partners Guides.

Taught modules for this new LLM will cover the International Law of the Sea, International Commercial Law, Marine Insurance Law and International Shipping Law. Modules will cover the principal areas of legal expertise which are of interest to the shipping industry, the legal practitioners representing it, as well as its regulators. Students will also have the opportunity to write a specialist dissertation allowing them to focus on a specific issue in depth.

The new International Shipping Law module will also be open to students choosing to do the General LLM, LLM in Banking and Finance Law, LLM in Insurance Law and LLM in International Business Law.

Teachers contributing to the programme include: 

  • Dr Miriam Goldby, Lecturer in Insurance and Commercial Law and author of the forthcoming book Electronic Documents in Maritime Trade: Law and Practice
  • Dr Tina Loverdou, Visiting Lecturer in Marine Insurance Law, who has worked as in-house General Counsel for an international shipping company based in Piraeus, Greece
  • Philip Rawlings, Roy Goode Professor of Commercial Law and Director of the Insurance Law Institute at CCLS.
  • Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Professor of Public International Law, who will be teaching the International Law of the Sea module

Professor Spyros Maniatis, Director of CCLS, comments: “The School of Law at Queen Mary is firmly established as a national and international centre of excellence in both legal study and research. The introduction of our LLM in International Shipping Law capitalises on our prime location in London and our established contacts in the world of Maritime law, which will prove invaluable to our students.”

The LLM International Shipping Law will be available from September 2013.

For further information, visit http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/llm/programmes/shipping/index.html

For media information, contact:

Sarah Cox
Public Relations Officer
Queen Mary University of London
email: s.cox@qmul.ac.uk

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