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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Geography

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    30 October 2019

Be a City Law School student in Piraeus, Greece, the heart of the shipping industry.

Who is it for?

This LLM (Master of Maritime Law) programme, which is being offered in Greece, is designed to benefit experienced professionals and executives involved in the shipping markets and sectors, and those companies which provide services to the shipping industries. Officials working in the maritime and international trade sector will also benefit from the highly commercial approach taken in the delivery of the programme.

The LLM will give top shipping professionals an invaluable exposure to international maritime and trade law, whilst legally qualified professionals will also benefit from the specialist nature of the programme. Non legal professionals involved in the maritime and maritime services sector will gain deep insights into the practical workings of maritime and trade law.

The programme is delivered in block format by our own UK-based faculty, each module on the course is taught in the form of three teaching blocks scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays.

The programme welcomes applicants who have a good degree in any related discipline and/or relevant work experience, including ambitious and highly motivated recent graduates. A specialist qualification in international maritime law will undoubtedly enhance career prospects.

Our group of students consists of either top-quality Law graduates or graduates of other disciplines who have relevant work experience of more than two years. We have students from Greece and from other countries including Switzerland, Italy, Norway, France and the United Kingdom.

Objectives

  • Advances your knowledge and understanding of practical aspects of maritime law.
  • Enhances your commercial awareness of the legal principles and rules impacting on international shipping.
  • Gives you the benefits of a joint academic enterprise between two highly prestigious institutions, the City Law School and Hellenic Lloyd's Register in Piraeus, Greece.
  • Provides you with access to thousands of learning resources, including e-books, through the City Law School's online legal and business databases as well as the prestigious Laskaridou Library collection.
  • Offers you the flexibility of weekend study without disruption to your work.
  • Affords you the opportunity to learn from established maritime law academics who have significant professional and scholarly experience.
  • Supports your learning experience through our online learning platform, Moodle.
  • Provides you with appropriate administrative support based both in Greece and London.

Placements

We offer placements in collaboration with Thomas Cooper Law Firm in Piraeus Greece. You will be given tours in a shipping company, too. We are cooperating with Real Time Graduates, which is a project finding placements for shipping graduates in Greece.

Academic facilities

Classes take place in the fully equipped Hellenic Lloyd’s Register seminar rooms in Piraeus, Greece.

Students have access to the Laskaridou library, which includes the "City Collection" reserved exclusively for our students.

Modules

Each module on the course is taught within 24 hours in the form of three teaching blocks of eight hours each (on a Friday and a Saturday).

Module information

  • Introductory Course: eight hours taught by Professor Chris Ryan and Emily Allbon. Introduction to the English Legal System and Contract Law (Chris). Library induction and training on legal research and writing (Emily).
  • International Trade Law: 24 hours of teaching by David Glass and Professor Jason Chuah.
  • Marine Insurance: 24 hours of teaching by Professor Rob Merkin QC. The Marine Insurance module will provide an introduction to the topic and the market in which it operates; it will then go on to look at the actual insurable interest. It then examines the key issues surrounding pre-contractual non-disclosure as well as warranties, exceptions & implied terms. It also examines claims, both fraudulent and late (including post-contractual and those in good faith).
  • The module covers the issues surrounding causation & loss. In respect of insurance cover, both perils of the sea and the Inchmaree clause are discussed along with standard exceptions, wilful misconduct and proof. The module also deals with third party Issues (such as Subrogation and the1930 Act) and reform of the 1906 Act (including Law Commission proposals in development).
  • Admiralty Law: 24 hours of teaching by Anthony Rogers. This module covers all the principal issues in respect of Admiralty law and practice. These include claims in rem, maritime liens and ship arrest; ownership and registration of ships; shipbuilding contracts; salvage and collisions and oil pollution from ships. The course also covers relevant aspects of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea: 24 hours of teaching by Anthony Rogers and Professor Jason Chuah. The module covers all the main types of charter parties: Time, voyage and demise. It also considers the standard forms of charter parties and provides a legal analysis of some of the clauses. It also examines the law in respect of bills of lading. It then goes on to look at the modern application of the Hague Visby rules and the Hamburg rules. The module also considers several other major aspects of carriage of goods, the law of freight, hire, laytime and demurrage.
  • Dissertation of 20,000 words.You will be provided one to one supervision to write this major piece of research.

Career prospects

With the LLM you will be equipped for work in:

  • law firms
  • shipping companies
  • insurance companies
  • tanker companies
  • merchant banks
  • ports and terminals
  • classification societies
  • ship repairers
  • ship management companies
  • ship builders
  • freight forwarders
  • maritime regulators
  • civil service or government
  • haulage companies
  • shipbrokers
  • P&I Clubs.

Past graduates of the course are working in big shipping companies, law firms and P&I Clubs such as:

  • LATSCO
  • INCE & CO
  • American P&I.

Visit the Maritime Law (Greece) - LLM page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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