So you would like to study maritime law, perhaps as an LLM or LLB student, or perhaps as part of another course, or perhaps you are just interested in the subject? I have over three decades of experience in teaching maritime law at all levels, and the idea in this short book is to give you a flavour of what is involved.
One difficulty, particularly for undergraduate students who have no prior maritime background, is that there are terms (jargon, I suppose) that need to be understood. What is demurrage, who are consignees, what is the role of P & I Clubs, and so on? You need to know who is who, and, in short, what is going on. You also need to understand the relationships between each of the parties, since this is relevant to the legal rights and obligations that can arise, for example in contract, tort, or bailment.
It is striking that, particularly (but not only) at LLM level, nearly every maritime law student is from overseas. English maritime law is very much an international subject, enjoying as it does a wide application all over the world. Sale, carriage and insurance contracts are often made subject to English law, whether or not the dispute has any other connection with England. No doubt this is partly a matter of history, but there are respects in which traders prefer English law to that of other jurisdictions. Some of the reasons for this will be examined...
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