The operating costs of the Institute are met through voluntary contributions from governments, companies, foundations, and international development assistance organizations.

IMLI requires funding to enable the further consolidation of its institutional stability and security in particular to support:

• Its core staff
• Scholarships for lawyers from developing States
• Cost of visiting lecturers
• Consolidation of its library facilities and research programmes.


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The International Maritime Organization continues to support IMLI’s funding requirements. It annually provides scholarships intended for deserving government nominated candidates who wish to pursue post-graduate studies in international maritime law at IMLI.
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The Nippon Foundation

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IMLI and The Nippon Foundation established in 2003 a joint Project entitled “Human Resources Development Project for the Advancement of a More Effective Legal Order for the Oceans”. The aim of this common undertaking is to contribute to the promotion, adoption, effective implementation and enforcement of international maritime conventions adopted under the aegis of the United Nations and IMO, and to encourage greater participation by developing States, particularly Asian, in the major international maritime law conventions and legal instruments.


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The Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Visit The Lloyd’s Register Foundation Website

Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), is a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd. and invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. 

Set up in 2012, its public benefit history dates back to 1760 through Lloyd’s Register. The Foundation is also building on the work of The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust, a charity which operated from 2004 to 2013. 

LRF award grants to organisations that can deliver a structured programme of activities for education, training and research in the fields of transportation, science, engineering, technology and the safety of life. 

The objectives and mission of the Foundation remain the same as those of Lloyd’s Register, to protect life and property and to advance transport and engineering education and research … because life matters. 

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation supports the work of IMLI by providing annually scholarships which are intended for deserving government nominated candidates who wish to purse post-graduate studies in international maritime law at IMLI. 

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Government of Malta

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The Government of Malta has offered its generous support to the Institute since its inception. It provides IMLI with premises located on the University of Malta Campus. The premises include an administration building (where the lecture hall, library, students’ Common Room, and administrative offices are located), and student accommodation adjacent to the administration building.


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Donors: 1989 to 2019


Comité Maritime International (CMI) Charitable Trust

Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC)

Commonwealth Secretariat

EU Funded “SAFEMED” Project administered by REMPEC

European Union Commission

Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

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