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QLLM383 / QLLG008 International Regulation of Shipping (Sem 1)

Module description

Since time immemorial, ships and their activities were the subject of customs and laws that inexorably transcended authorities anchored in a single land jurisdiction. It is historically recorder that shipping is the oldest economic activity that engendered the legal concept of, what today we refer to in contemporary terms as, international regulation.

  • The international regulatory framework of shipping
  • Registration of ships and open registries
  • Access to ports, pilotage, and the evolving port-State control
  • Safety of ship requirements
  • Ship-source pollution 6. Shipping of (ultra) hazardous and noxious cargo
  • Rescue of distressed persons at sea (including refugees and irregular migration; and covering also the issue of stowaways)
  • Regulating maritime labour
  • The security of merchant shipping (including the new cyber-security guidelines)
  • Scrapping or recycling of ships, and the new goal-based approach in ship-building
  • Shifting paradigms in law-making, implementation and enforcement of shipping law.



Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Public International Law
  • LLM in Environmental Law
  • LLM in International Shipping Law
  • LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Laws (General)
  • LLM Flexible Study.

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay


22.5 credits

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