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Module Title
Maritime Law

International law of the sea, shipping, insurance risk and liability

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedDecember 2013
ApprovedJune 2015
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module


Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To develop the student's understanding of the international law of the sea as it applies to matters relating to the oil & gas industry and the international regulation thereof.
To look at the related issues of insurance and risk mangement, commercial disputes and jurisdictions, as they apply in seaborn commerce and the extraction of resources from the marine environment.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically appraise and discuss knowledgably the relevant aspects of maritime law, the international law of the sea, and international trade law.
2. Recognise, discuss and evaluate the main legal and policy developments in this area of law as they apply to the energy sector, with specific reference to the UKCS.

Indicative Module Content

Hamburg Rules
Rotterdam Rules
Salvage Agreements
Dry Shipping
Wet Shipping
Jurisdiction, Arbitration & Applicable Law
International Trade Law

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance LearningBlended Learning

Directed Study


Private Study


Mode of Delivery

The module will be delivered in both distance learning format and on campus. Thus it will be delivered by seminar teaching in class and alternatively by online supervised and interactive session using moodle. Problem excercises are to be posted and responded to by participants as part of the wider learning experience.
Co-interaction among the classes in both modes of delivery is to be encouraged and facilitated

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2

Class presentation. This shall comprise 20% of the assessment

Essay coursework which will form 80% of the grade

Indicative Bibliography

1.BAATZ, Y. et al., 2014. Maritime law. 3rd ed. London: Routledge.
2.BAUGHEN, S., 2015. Shipping law. 6th ed. London: Routledge.
3.GURSES,O., 2015. Marine insurance law. London: Routledge.
4.TANAKA, Y. 2015. The international law of the sea. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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