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Certificate in Maritime Law and Shipping Contracts

Study the legal frameworks behind international shipping, trade and transport

Starts: 26th April 2017

Delivered by tutored distance learning

This important maritime law course delivers a comprehensive introduction to maritime and shipping law, including managing, conducting and regulating the shipping industry. Delivered by part-time tutored distance learning the six carefully constructed study modules address:

  • The Function Scope and Context of International Maritime Law
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea, Charterparties, Bills of Lading and Applicable Instruments
  • Marine Insurance and International Contracts of Sale
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Maritime Claims
  • Salvage, General Average, Towage, Ports and Pilotage, Limitation of Liability
  • Dispute Resolution, Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Techniques

Hear more about the why you should study this fantastic programme from the Course Director


On completing this course you will have an understanding of:

  • Legal concepts and mechanisms in relation to the maritime legal field
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution methods and arbitration proceedings in the shipping industry
  • The multi-faceted aspects of areas surrounding maritime law, such as marine insurance and international contracts of sale
  • The challenges relating to liens and ship arrest
  • The legal regime relating to carriage of goods by sea, including charterparties and bills of lading
  • Key concepts and case law relating to areas such as salvage, general average, towage, ports and pilotage
  • The international legal context which underpins maritime law through IMO and other international conventions, including those on limitation of liability
  • The regulatory and contractual framework that is practised in your country with the corresponding framework of reference under English law

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Qualification: Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Professional Development Certificate
Start date: 28th September 2016
Delivery: Part-time Tutored Distance Learning
Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: £1549 / US$2169 + VAT if applicable. 10% discount for early enrolment
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15% discount for IAPH members
CPD/CEUs: 21 hours / 2.1 CEUs

The course is compact and provides a very good insight into the maritime law industry. It is consistent with excellent modules that provide good knowledge in the subject area

Edwin de Vries,

Director, Royal Wagenborg

All shipping industry personnel wishing to develop their understanding of legal and commercial frameworks in the sector, including operations and commercial staff, traders who use shipping for exporting or importing commodities and goods, shipbrokers, charterers, claims executives and salvors.

Legal professionals who are thinking of specialising in maritime law, lawyers and executives in P&I clubs and insurance companies.

Investors, financial managers and allied professionals working within the shipping and maritime sector

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Dr. Iliana Christodoulou-Varotsi

Dr Christodoulou-Varotsi is a legal and academic expert with an international educational and professional background specialised in maritime and EU law. She has been a member of the Athens Bar Association (Greece) since 1995 and is currently involved with consulting work, legal education and training. She is also a certified trainer and lecturer in Greece, as well as an accredited mediator.

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Delivered by online tutored distance learning, this programme allows you to study and gain knowledge without disrupting your normal work

You will have access to all course materials, expert tutorial support and peer networking using our online learning management system.

Each module ends with an online test so you can check your understanding of the content.

More about our distance learning

Distance learning, face-to-face workshops, webinars, elearning and blended delivery to match your requirements

We welcome companies placing individual students or groups on any of our publicly advertised distance learning courses, or for larger corporate groups we will deliver to your individual requirements, including instructor lead training, blended delivery solutions, customised assessments, flexible time-scales and dedicated support for learning and development managers.

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Very useful for my first introduction to shipping law. Topics are treated in such a way as to make shipping comprehensible even if you are new to the industry.

Francesco Odello, 

Contship Italia S.P.A

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Do not delay your application – you may qualify for an early enrolment discount, and some courses have a maximum number of participants. Our online application form securely accepts payment by credit card in either £, $ or €, or we will invoice you or your employer for payment by bank transfer.

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