Advanced Diploma

This IMLI Programme, which was launched in 2005, is designed to benefit professionals involved in maritime practice both in the private and in the public sector (including at the most senior levels) who, because of their careers, are unable to be away from their jobs for any length of time in excess of a few weeks per year.
 

Also bearing in mind the differences between the public and private dimensions of international maritime law the Programme is split into three distinct strands as follows:

 

- Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (Public);
- Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (Private); and
- Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (General).

Candidates are required to select one of these strands upon admission.

 

Qualification Requirements

The Institute will consider applications for the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law from candidates who possess a degree from a recognized University or other academic institution, or qualifications of comparable standard including relevant professional and/or practical experience recognized for this purpose by the Institute.

 

Duration

The Programme requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law must be fulfilled within a minimum period of one (1) academic year and a maximum period of five (5) academic years. Within this period candidates are expected to complete the Programme successfully by earning the number of credits required for the award of the Advanced Diploma.

 

Earning Credits

Candidates are expected to attend lectures/tutorials set in respect of the credit subjects elected. This is a sine qua non condition for further assessment. The form and method of assessment may vary from one credit subject to another but will in all cases be determined and communicated to the candidate(s) concerned upon admission and election of credits. The methods of assessment may include inter alia the following: short written paper or essay; oral examination (viva voce); written examination.

 

Award of the Diploma

H.E. Mr. Kitack Lim (Secretary-General, IMO and Chairman, IMLI Governing Board), awarding the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law to Ms. Carmen Mifsud (Malta) during the 27th Graduation Ceremony on 28 May 2016

The Advanced Diploma is awarded to a successful candidate during the first Graduation Ceremony held by the Institute immediately after the successful completion by the said candidate of the requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma.

 

Programme and the credit system

The Programme is structured on a credit system. Candidates must therefore earn a sufficient number of credits after successfully following and completing courses on distinct subject areas within either the Public International Maritime Law strand or the Private International Maritime Law strand. The credits offered broadly follow the subjects offered within the Institute’s LL.M. Programme. All candidates are expected to take two introductory subjects as a sine qua non in fulfilling the Programme requirements. The said subjects are accordingly designated as compulsory credits. Other subjects are designated as optional credits. Accordingly each of the Public International Maritime Law strand and the Private International Maritime Law strand has two compulsory credits. The first compulsory credit (referred to as the primary compulsory credit) carries a significantly higher weighting in credit value compared to the other compulsory credit (referred to as the secondary compulsory credit).

 

A candidate who chooses to pursue the General International Maritime Law strand must first elect the primary compulsory credit he/she intends to pursue. If the primary compulsory credit chosen is within the Public International Maritime Law strand he/she is compelled to take the secondary compulsory credit of the Private International Maritime Law strand. Conversely, if the primary compulsory credit chosen is within the Private International Maritime Law strand he/she is compelled to take the secondary compulsory credit of the Public International Maritime Law strand. Such candidate may then choose any number of optional credits sufficient to satisfy the requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (see below) from the Public International Maritime Law and the Private International Maritime Law strands.

 

More generally, credits (including optional credits) are given different weighting depending amongst other things on the nature of the subject thereof, its relative importance and the number or intensity of lectures/tutorials offered by the Institute in relation thereto.

 

Candidates must earn a total of 25 credits in order to satisfy the requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law.

 

The credit subjects and their respective weighting are the following:

 

1.         Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (Public)

 

1.1       Compulsory credits

(i)         Introduction to public international law (circa 25 lectures)

-           overall credit weighting: 10 credits

(ii)        The law of international organizations (circa 8 lectures)

-           overall credit weighting: 3 credits

 

1.2       Optional credits

(i)         The law of the sea: general introduction (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(ii)        Coastal waters: the territorial sea and internal waters (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(iii)       Coastal waters: the contiguous zone (circa 2 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(iv)       Coastal waters: archipelagic States and archipelagic waters (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(v)        International straits (circa 2 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(vi)       The continental shelf (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(vii)      The exclusive economic zone (circa 53 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(viii)     The high seas (circa 4 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2credits

(ix)       Fisheries (circa 5 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(x)        Land-locked States and geographically-disadvantaged States (circa 2 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xi)       Regime of islands (circa 1 lecture)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xii)      Enclosed and semi-enclosed seas (circa 1 lecture)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xiii)     The deep seabed (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xiv)     Marine scientific research and development and transfer of marine technology (circa 3 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xv)      International maritime security law (circa 10 lectures)[1]

            -           overall credit weighting: 4 credits

(xvi)     Delimitation of maritime boundaries (circa 12 lectures)

 

            -           overall credit weighting: 4 credits

(xvii)    Settlement of disputes (circa 4 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

 

2.         Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law (Private)

2.1       Compulsory credits

(i)         Introduction to shipping law (circa 25 lectures)

-           overall credit weighting: 10 credits

(ii)        Nationality, registration and ownership of ships (circa 8 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 3 credits

 

2.2       Optional credits

(i)         International trade law (circa 8 lectures)

-           overall credit weighting: 3 credits

(ii)        Proprietary interests in ships – a comparative analysis (circa 13 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 5 credits

(iii)       Security rights in ships (circa 15 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 6 credits

(iv)       Enforcement of maritime claims (circa 13 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 5 credits

(v)        Carriage of goods by sea (circa 40 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 10 credits

(vi)       Carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea (circa 4 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(vii)      Maritime labour law (circa 6 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 3 credits

(viii)     Law of maritime safety (circa 18 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 7 credits

 

(ix)       International maritime security law (circa 10 lectures)[2]

            -           overall credit weighting: 4 credits

(x)        Law of marine collisions (circa 4 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xi)       Law of salvage and wreck (circa 10 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 4 credits

(xii)      Law of general average (circa 5 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xiii)     Law of towage (circa 5 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xiv)     Law of marine pilotage (circa 4 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xv)      Global limitation of liability (circa 5 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits

(xvi)     Law of marine insurance (circa 18 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 7 credits

(xvii)    Marine environmental law (circa  23 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 6 9 credits

(xvii)    Private international maritime law (circa 5 lectures)

            -           overall credit weighting: 2 credits



[1]Students attending the public strand credit of international maritime security law can benefit from the lectures of the private strand credit of international maritime security law. 

[2]Students attending the private strand credit of international maritime security law can benefit from the lectures of the public strand credit of international maritime security law.  

 

Fees

The applicable fees for participation in the Programme are established at €2,500 per annum. Provided that where a candidate elects to undertake the full programme within one academic year the applicable fee shall be of €4,500.

The fees are payable upon admission or registration or, as the case may be, upon renewal of registration.

 

How to Apply

Registration of candidates for the Advanced Diploma Programme may be made up to the 1st day of the month of September in each year.

 

Upon registration an eligible candidate must elect the credit subjects he/she intends to pursue. The chosen credits should be sufficient so that once satisfactorily fulfilled by the candidate, he/she will be able to fulfill the requirements for the award of the Advanced Diploma. Candidates will only be allowed to switch credit subjects during the Programme with the prior consent of the Director.

 

A candidate must, within the maximum permitted duration of the Programme, renew his/her registration annually until the Programme requirements are duly fulfilled.

 

In the light of the fact that the credits offered broadly follow the subjects offered within the Institute’s LL.M. Degree Programme, registration for the Advanced Diploma Programme must be synchronized with the commencement of the Institute’s LL.M. Programme. Accordingly the Academic Year for the Advanced Diploma candidates will be equivalent to that for candidates reading for the LL.M. Programme.

 

For further details, please contact:
 
Ms. Elda Belja
Lecturer/Admissions Officer
IMO International Maritime Law Institute
P.O. Box 31, Msida, MSD 01, Malta
Tel.: +356 21 319343, 310816, ext. 107
Fax: +356 21 343092
E-mail: admissions [at] imli [dot] org
 

Applications should be sent to:

The Director
IMO International Maritime Law Institute
Msida Heights, Tal-Qroqq
P.O. Box 31 Msida MSD 1000
Malta

 

 

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