Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Maritime Law
Academic Year
Distance Learning

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Module Assessment  Written Assignment of 5,000 words  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of and undertake a critical analysis of the key issues of the transportation of goods by sea
2. Display an in-depth understanding of the legislative frameworks for the protection of human lives, the marine environment and the goods in maritime operations
3. Demonstrate an understanding and engage critically in matters of legal complexity of piracy as an ever growing threat for human lives, states financial and security status, interests of private maritime actors and sustainability of universal resources
4. Be able to use a wide range of an evaluate the relevant legal instruments, body of literature and other key materials in the fields that will be discussed in the module and use them effectively in engaging in critical discussions of the subject on an individual and group basis
5. Demonstrate the ability to apply advanced skills and analytical tools to conduct research and express relevant informed arguments
6. Critically analyse and evaluate the key legal issues in the maritime arbitration procedure
7. Demonstrate an ability to engage critically and constructively with the rights of seafarers and the relevant regulatory framework

Brief description

The first half of the module will provide students with a sound basis of knowledge and understanding of the key legal issues and relevant regulatory frameworks that govern maritime industry. Students’ learning will be informed by the environmental rules and philosophy within which the maritime industry operates and the human actors who have an impact on it. Building on this general foundation, the module will proceed to consider potential causes of maritime disputes and extra judicial mechanisms for their resolution by discussing a number of illustrative cases. In the context of the latter, legal and social aspects of offline and online dispute resolution procedures will be explored and analysed and especially the impact of culture and the use of technology as key topics in the agenda of the maritime arbitration institutions. Case studies will be considered from maritime arbitration institutions in different parts of the world in order to provide an insight of international approaches to dispute resolution.


Chapter 1: (a) Introduction-An overview of the content and main
areas of focus of the module
(b) Legal matters of flag of the vessel
Chapter 2: Charterparties and Bills of Lading
Chapter 3: Marine environment United Nations Convention on the Law of the
International Conventions which relate to the structure,
equipment of the vessel, regulations of ports
Chapter 4: Seafarers’ rights-STCW
Chapter 5: The transportation of goods by sea
Shipping documents (including electronic documents)
Shipper’s-Buyer’s duties/rights, Passing of risk/property in the
Chapter 6: Principal concepts and legal framework for alternative dispute
resolution for maritime disputes


This module is at CQFW Level 7