LLM in Maritime Law (Greece)

General information

The LLM in Maritime Law is an academically demanding and extremely satisfying course for anyone working in shipping law. The course gives you a detailed understanding of maritime law allowing you to build on your existing knowledge and enhance your career prospects. Delivered in the exceptional Laskaridou Library of Piraeus, Athens, Greece the course is taught in English in weekend blocks by British academics, legal practitioners and specialist lecturers from around the world. This course gives you the unique opportunity to study in Greece the same maritime modules as students studying the course in London.

Students of the LLM in Maritime Law (Greece) attend classes in Piraeus, but are also invited to attend London classes, access The City Law School's facilities and take part in UK-based activities. Students will graduate alongside UK-based LLM students. The course is delivered by experienced British academics, legal practitioners, and occasionally specialist lecturers of other nationalities. Each module is taught in three eight-hour blocks. Teaching takes place in weekend blocks usually over a Friday and Saturday afternoon allowing you to fit your study around your professional and personal commitments. You are provided with one-to-one support throughout your learning experience giving you the best chance of success on the course. Modules include:

The programme will be delivered primarily as a series of seminars, which provide a forum for exploration of issues, analysis, and critical debate. Active participation and
involvement is expected, and you may be required to prepare for and lead discussions and to give presentations to your peers. Read the full programme specification.

Module information:

  • Introductory Course: eight hours taught by Professor Chris Ryan and Emily Allbon. Introduction to the English Legal System and Contract Law (Chris). Library induction and training on legal research and writing (Emily).
  • International Trade Law: 24 hours of teaching by David Glass and Professor Jason Chuah. (30 credits)
  • Marine Insurance: 24 hours of teaching by Professor Rob Merkin QC. The Marine Insurance module will provide an introduction to the topic and the market in which it operates; it will then go on to look at the actual insurable interest. It then examines the key issues surrounding pre-contractual non-disclosure as well as warranties, exceptions & implied terms. It also examines claims, both fraudulent and late (including post-contractual and those in good faith).
    The module covers the issues surrounding causation & loss. In respect of insurance cover, both perils of the sea and the Inchmaree clause are discussed along with standard exceptions, wilful misconduct and proof. The module also deals with third party Issues (such as Subrogation and the1930 Act) and reform of the 1906 Act (including Law Commission proposals in development). (30 credits)
  • Admiralty Law: 24 hours of teaching by Anthony Rogers. This module covers all the principal issues in respect of Admiralty law and practice. These include claims in rem, maritime liens and ship arrest; ownership and registration of ships; shipbuilding contracts; salvage and collisions and oil pollution from ships. The course also covers relevant aspects of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. (30 credits)
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea: 24 hours of teaching by Anthony Rogers and Professor Jason Chuah. The module covers all the main types of charterparties: Time, voyage and demise. It also considers the standard forms of charterparties and provides a legal analysis of some of the clauses. It also examines the law in respect of bills of lading. It then goes on to look at the modern application of the Hague Visby rules and the Hamburg rules. The module also considers several other major aspects of carriage of goods, the law of freight, hire, laytime and demurrage. (30 credits)
  • Dissertation of 20,000 words (60 credits).

Programme specification

Why the City LLM? 

  • Further your understanding of maritime law by studying modules from the respected UK course
  • Experience studying at the prestigious Laskaridou Library of Piraeus, Athens
  • Shape your study around your personal and work commitments
  • Enhance your CV by taking advantage of our dedicated team of UK academics & professionals
  • Benefit from the support of a full-time admissions service based in Greece
Learning outcome:
  • Demonstrate high quality legal research skills.
  • Display excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to express complex arguments clearly and accurately.
  • Undertake independent learning and to assess your own capacity for progressing to higher level studies.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in addressing problems or issues arising from the current state of the law in the subject area studied and/or proposals for its development or reform.
  • Apply knowledge of the law, whether gained during current or previous studies, in an appropriate and, on occasion, original manner to address issues of concern to selected areas of international commercial law Deal with complex issues, including those where data maybe incomplete, both systematically and creatively and to reach sound judgements. 
  • Further your understanding of maritime law by studying modules from the respected UK course.
  • Experience studying at the esteemed Hellenic Lloyd’s Register in Piraeus, Greece.
  • Have access to our online resources as well as the prestigious Laskaridou Library collection.
  • Shape your study around your personal and work commitments.
  • Enhance your CV by taking advantage of our dedicated team of UK academics and professionals.
  • Benefit from the support of a full-time administration service based in Greece.
Contact Person: The City Law School (law@city.ac.uk)


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0421 - Marine and maritime law


Venue: Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Piraeus, Greece

Laskaridou Library
Praxitelous 169, & Bouboulinast
185 35 Piraeus
Email: anna.katsoulaki.1@city.ac.uk 

The City Law School
Gray's Inn Campus
4 Gray's Inn Place
London WC1R 5DX



Full-time EU: £11.000
Full-time Non EU: £16.000

Part-time EU: £5.500
Part-time Non EU: £5.500

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Who is it for?
Our group of students consists of either top-quality Law graduates or graduates of other disciplines who have relevant work experience of more than two years.
We have students from Greece and from other countries including Switzerland, Italy, Norway, France and the United Kingdom.
This course is suitable for Law graduates who want to specialise in maritime law, or maritime professionals who want to enhance their knowledge of maritime law.

Degree Requirements You should ideally hold an upper second class UK Law degree (or 7/10 Greek equivalent). We will consider applications from those who hold a first degree in Shipping, Economics, Engineering or Management studies, or a Law degree lower than an upper second class equivalent, if the applicant has at least two years of relevant job experience. Applicants without a degree will only be considered if they have extensive high-level work experience.

Languange Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should hold the following qualifications:

  • 7.0 overall in IELTS 7
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C or above
  • CAE Cambridge Advanced Grade A only

The language qualification must have been completed a maximum of two years prior to applying for this course. Note! due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs, TOEFL is no longer accepted as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Application Procedure:

You can apply online for both the full-time and part-time course:

Grant Opportunities:

Please visit the Scholarships, prizes and gifts section of the university's website.


Academic level: Master


Each module is assessed by means of a 6.000 word essay. Once you have successfully completed the essays for your four modules, you will also be required to complete a 20.000 word dissertation on a maritime law topic of your choice (subject to approval).

Qualification: Master of Law

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