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QLLM322 Admiralty Law (Sem 1)

Module Description

This module focuses on maritime claims and is intended to complement the range of substantive international shipping law courses offered at CCLS. An understanding of the law relating to maritime claims is essential to a well-rounded knowledge of Shipping Law. Indeed, such knowledge of Admiralty jurisdiction will be invaluable to anyone who aspires eventually to work in shipping or international trade, whether as a lawyer or as a legal advisor in-house, or in insurance with a hull insurer or with a P&I Club. While the emphasis in the course will be the admiralty practice under English law reference will be made to the admiralty jurisprudence of other jurisdictions, such as Singapore, Australia and South Africa, as well as international conventions on arrests of ships and on maritime liens. The syllabus will cover the legal framework relating to Admiralty jurisdiction, the nature of the Admiralty jurisdiction (claims in personam and in rem), maritime and statutory liens, possessory liens, the exercise of Admiralty jurisdiction (particularly by the arrest of ships), admiralty procedure and priorities.

Module Aims

This course aims to:

  • provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the main principles of Admiralty Law;
  • provide students with experience in dealing with legal principles deriving from variety of legal instruments, including international conventions, statutes, and case law; and
  • enable students to develop their skills of legal analysis and problem solving at an advanced level.

Applicable Groupings

Mode of Assessment:

2.15 hour written exam.


22.5 Credits

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