Queen Mary University of London – LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)

Queen Mary University of London and the Hellenic Management Centre offer the LLM in INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING LAW (Piraeus, Greece) an innovative postgraduate degree providing students with the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law.

Programme Structure:

The Programme consists of six (6) modules which are taught in two academic semesters.


1. Maritime Arbitration
Specialist dispute resolution mechanisms catering to specific industry needs are popular in international commerce, and arbitration has emerged as the dominant industry choice for resolving shipping disputes, in particular charterparty disputes.

2. Carriage of Goods by Sea
This module will critically examine intricate network of legal standards governing the carriage of goods, whether originating from national law, international agreements or the industry itself.

3. “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea
The module will cover all areas of so-called “wet” shipping law – i.e. all legal issues and implications that might arise as a result of various (unfortunate) incidents while a vessel and its cargo are at sea.

4. International Regulation of Shipping
The module will provide a detailed overview of the development and content of shipping law and policy, and the challenges that arise from the development of a unified maritime policy at international and regional level. It will focus on how commercial policy within international fora is promoting the uniformity of shipping law, by examining and carefully evaluating the implementation and enforcement of national maritime legislation.

5. Marine Insurance Law
This module will examine, among other things, the definition of a marine insurance contract, the different types of marine insurance contract, the formation of the contract (including the duty of disclosure) and the importance of insurable interest, what constitutes evidence of the contract and of its terms, the parties to the contract, the risks covered, the terms of the contract, claims under the contract, the adjustment of losses, subrogation and contribution.

6. Charterparties: Law and Practice
The module will examine all aspects of charterparties, being contracts of vessel hire between the relevant parties.

7. Protection and Indemnity Clubs (Workshop)
Complementary to the modules, a workshop in protection and Indemnity Clubs will be offered and will examine P&I Clubs operation as mutual insurance associations vital to the existence and running of the international shipping community and trade.


Students are assessed by means of written exams and essays, depending on the module and a 15.000 words dissertation.

Who should attend:

– Lawyers and law graduates.
– Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic background.

Entry Requirements:

– Law graduates: a degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content, normally of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent).
– Non-law graduates: non-law graduates will be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses.
– Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.


The Programme is taught in intensive afternoon and weekend blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with their other professional commitments.

Fees and Funding:

Home/EU students £11,300
Overseas students £19,500

Partial Scholarships:

Two partial scholarships offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only, are available for the LLM in International Shipping Law programme taught in Piraeus, Greece.

All applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit, financial need and the submitted personal statement in response to the set question as detailed in the application.


This programme will be taught at the prestigious facilities of HMC in Piraeus, Greece, one of the major international shipping centres in the world.

Libraries / Data Basis:

Students will have access to the HMC and Laskaridis libraries in Piraeus, as well as the online Queen Mary Library and well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

Online databases subscriptions will include: Lexis Nexis, Westlaw, Justis, Eur-lex, Index to Legal Periodicals, International Court of Justice Reports, Kluwer Arbitration, UK Statute law database, United Nations Treaty Collection.


This programme will be taught by the QMUL Centre for Commercial Law Studies, academic staff.