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Postgraduate Diploma in Marine Insurance

Essential marine insurance university course by tutored distance learning

Commencing 23 September 2019 - Application deadline 30 August


Course Director

Professor Patrick Donner LL.M
Associate Academic Dean, World Maritime University

Professor Donner qualified for the bar in Finland (vicehäradshövding) in 1977 and served on the bench as deputy judge and acting chief judge of the City Court of Mariehamn for several years in the late 1970’s. Professor Donner served the Sally Shipping group for 12 years, advancing from chief legal counsel and company secretary to deputy managing director with responsibility for the legal affairs of the group, which had ferry operations in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and cruise operations in the Caribbean. After the Sally Group he was managing director for Delfin Cruises Ltd. in Finland, operating cruises in the Baltic, after which he ran his own law and management consultancy firm for a few years. During all this time he taught maritime law (part-time) at the Maritime Academy of Åland and also held numerous non-executive positions on boards of directors of shipping and insurance companies as well as elected public office at local level.

Since January 1995 professor Donner has been at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, first as Associate Professor in Shipping Management and currently as Associate Academic Dean. He is also Head of the Maritime Law and Policy specialisation and during the second half of 2014 he is Acting Vice-President (Academic) of World Maritime University. He teaches international post-graduate students in all commercial aspects of shipping with an emphasis on maritime and commercial law. Professor Donner is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute.



Dr. Phil Anderson BA (Hons.), D.Prof., FNI, MEWI, AMAE, ACIArb., Master Mariner
Managing Director, ConsultISM Ltd

Dr. Phil Anderson commenced his seagoing career in 1969 with the Bibby Line of Liverpool. He served on a wide variety of ships including General Cargo, Bulk Carriers, Gas Tankers, OBO’s and Container ships and qualified as a Class 1 Master Mariner Foreign Going. Dr Anderson came ashore in 1980 to work as a Claims Executive with Sunderland P&I Association and transferred to North of England P&I Association in 1987 where he remained until the end of 2004. At the time of leaving North of England Dr. Anderson had risen to the level of a full Director of the Management Company of the Club and was the Manager in charge of Risk Management and Loss Prevention.

He is currently the Managing Director of his own specialist consultancy company, ConsultISM Ltd., providing expert witness and advice on the ISM Code.  Dr. Anderson has written numerous books on Marine Insurance and the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. He is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Marine Transport at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, a Part Time Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle and a Part Time Lecturer in the Faculty of Nautical Science at South Tyneside (Marine) College. His Doctorate in Professional Studies was with Middlesex University involving an extensive research project into managing safety on board ships. He is Immediate Past President of the Nautical Institute and is dedicated to supporting the cause of professionalism amongst seafarers. He is also a full Member of the Expert Witness Institute, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Practicing Associate of the Academy of Experts.

Dr Gotthard Mark Gauci
Lecturer, Plymouth University

Dr Gotthard Mark Gauci is a lecturer in law at the University of Plymouth, having previously taught at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (Malta), the University of Wales, Cardiff, and Swansea University. He is an advocate (Malta) and a visiting lecturer at the World Maritime University (Malmo). His areas of research are shipping law and environmental law. He is the author of Oil Pollution at Sea – Civil Liability and Compensation for Damage (John Wiley, 1997) and also a contributor to Benedict on Admiralty.

John Liljedahl LL.M
Master Mariner, Attorney at Law

John Liljedahl, was originally educated as a Master Mariner and served in the Danish merchant marine. Acquiring a law degree, he joined the Danish Register of Shipping and later Baltica, the leading insurance company in Denmark. While employed with the latter as a claims and contract manager from 1980 to 1992, he taught marine insurance and maritime law at the Danish Institute of Insurance Studies. He was also chairman of the Legal Committee of the Danish Marine Underwriters Association. In 1992, he was admitted to the Danish Bar and set up his own law firm in Copenhagen, at the same time as he maintained the position of lecturer with the Danish Maritime Authority. Since 1999, Mr Liljedahl was a lecturer at the World Maritime University on secondment from the Danish Government. His publications include: Places of Refuge for Ships: The Danish Approach (in Chircop, A, and Linden, O, Places of Refuge for Ships, Leiden, Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2005), Liability and Insurance in Respect of Pollution, and articles on shipping and maritime law in The Danish Encyclopaedia.

Professor Rhidian Thomas
Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade, University of Wales

Professor of Maritime Law and Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at the Department of Law, University of Wales, Swansea. He is author of Maritime Liens (British Shipping Law Series), published by Stevens and Sons; The Law and Practice Relating to Appeals from Arbitration Awards, Default Powers of Arbitrators, and Volume 1 (1996) and Volume 2 (2002) Modern Law of Marine Insurance, all published by LLP. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Maritime Law, co-editor of Arbitration International and co-editor of Journal of International Commercial Law. He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and chairman of the Sub-Committee on Mortgages and Ship Arrest, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the British Insurance Law Association.