Masterprogram om internasjonal maritim lovgivning

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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme in International Maritime Law and Master of Humanities (M.Hum.) programme in International Maritime Legislation which will commence in October 2018 and which will last for one academic year.


It is noteworthy that a number of donors have agreed to provide full funding for chosen candidates, if they meet their selection criteria. Generally donors prefer young and talented candidates (under the age of 40) who have a strong motivation to work for their government and who, upon completion of their studies, will make a vital contribution to the development of the national legal framework and maritime sector. Fifty percent of the places available are reserved for deserving women candidates.


The IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) is an international institution dedicated to the training of specialists in international maritime law including marine environmental law, law of the sea, shipping law, international maritime security law and maritime legislation drafting.


IMLI was established by a statute promulgated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and under an agreement concluded between the IMO and the Government of Malta, which offered the premises and other facilities. It is located on the University of Malta campus and began operation in October 1989.


Whereas the LL.M. programme is open exclusively to graduates in law, the M.Hum. programme is open to candidates holding a degree in any other discipline related to international maritime law. The programmes are particularly suitable to candidates already working in a maritime field such as a relevant government department, a shipping company, port authority, or other organization or research institution concerned with shipping and maritime affairs. The programmes are however greatly beneficial to persons aspiring to undertake a career in maritime law. Unless candidates meet the academic requirements of the Institute, their application will not be considered.


The programmes consist of postgraduate training in international maritime law for one full academic year leading to the Degree of Master of Laws in International Maritime Law and the Degree of Master of Humanities in International Maritime Legislation. It is envisaged that graduates of the Institute will provide the expertise required for the understanding and implementation of IMO and other maritime conventions into their respective national legal systems.


The number of admissions is limited due to the intensive nature of the programme. In line with the IMO strategy for integration of women in maritime activities, up to fifty per cent of admissions are reserved for deserving women candidates. To date, the Institute has a total of 741 graduates from 135 States. Over the twenty-eight year period since the inception of the Institute, students have hailed from:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahamas (the), Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, China, Chile, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote D’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the), Dominica, Dominican Republic (the), Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Fiji, Gambia (the), Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong (China), India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran (the), Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (the), Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands (the), Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Niue, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama,  Peru,  Papua New  Guinea, Philippines (the), Poland,  Portugal, Republic of Congo, Russian Federation (the), Samoa, Saudi Arabia,  Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan (the), Suriname, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic (the), Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Union of Comoros, United Republic of Tanzania (the), United States of America (the), United Kingdom (the), Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The programmes are exclusively delivered in English, hence the need for candidates to have language proficiency.


Students receive on average 22½ hours of lectures per week. The requirements of the programmes include written examinations, a maritime legislative drafting project and a dissertation / research paper. A number of field trips are included within the programmes.


Applications for the annual Master’s programmes must be received by no later than Saturday, 31st March 2018. Due to the limited amount of places the matter will generally be treated on a first come first served basis.


The application packages for nominated and self-financed candidates, including information about the Institute, admissions and application forms are attached herewith for your kind perusal. The same can be also downloaded by accessing the following URL link:  


Further information about the Institute can be obtained from our website at: