Programmes and Courses


The Institute offers a variety of programmes and courses:


1. IMLI offers a programme leading to the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Maritime Law. The main purpose of the programme is to train legal advisers in relevant areas of international maritime law, including the law of the sea, marine environmental law and shipping law. The duration of the programme is one academic year, beginning in mid-September and ending in May of the following year. The programme is intensive and features taught courses, research work and a number of field trips. Particular emphasis is placed on the acquisition by students of legislative drafting skills.

2. IMLI offers a programme leading to the degree of Master of Humanities (M.HUM.) in International Maritime Legislation. The programme will be open to candidates who hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university or other academic institution in a related discipline to international maritime law. The M.Hum. programme stems from the need of the States to have trained specialists in international maritime law to effectively discharge their obligations and ensure that national legislation meets the international standards adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other international organizations. 


3. IMLI offers a Research Degree programme leading to the award of the Degree of Magister Juris (M.Jur.) in International Maritime Law and the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Maritime Law. Candidates are expected to undergo their studies in IMLI’s Research Degree programme with a high degree of independence; thus, the programme can be largely undertaken from abroad. Candidates are assigned individual academic supervisors drawn from a list of internationally-recognized experts.

4. Another IMLI Programme, which was launched in 2005, is the Advanced Diploma in International Maritime Law. This Programme 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 a longer period of time.

5. The Institute offers short courses throughout the academic year. These self-contained courses form part of the LL.M. modular system and are designed for applicants who are not able to attend IMLI for a whole academic year or for longer periods and are particularly interested in a specific area of the Law.

IMLI has often been required by governmental and international bodies to organize specific short-term courses, which focus on subjects covered by the IMLI academic syllabus. In such cases courses are tailor-made to meet the specific requirements of the organizers and bring them the latest developments on the law in their areas of interest.


IMLI Academic Regulations pertaining to the above programmes can be accessed here


Co-operation programmes


1.  The IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) and the World Maritime University (WMU), both founded by the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO), have announced the launch of a joint Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) programme in International Maritime Law and Ocean Policy. The unique, two-year programme will commence in September 2017. 


During the first year of the M.Phil. programme, students will attend ocean policy courses offered at WMU with a particular focus on sustainability, governance and management. The second year of studies will be completed at IMLI with courses focusing on international maritime law, including law of the sea, shipping law, marine environmental law, and maritime security law. Completion of the programme will require a successful dissertation on a suitable topic, reflecting the needs of students’ home countries.

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