MARITIME LAW MODULES
WHAT IT IS
The Law faculty in the National University of Singapore offers elective modules related to the maritime industry for undergraduates.
Admiralty Law & Practice
This course will introduce the various concepts relating to the admiralty action in rem, which is the primary method by which a maritime claim is enforced. Topics will include: the nature of an action in rem; the subject matter of admiralty jurisdiction; the invocation of admiralty jurisdiction involving the arrest of offending and sister ships; the procedure for the arrest of ships; liens encountered in admiralty practice: statutory, maritime and possessory liens; the priorities governing maritime claims; and time bars and limitations. More details of the module can be found here.
Carriage of Goods by Sea
This course will focus on the different transport documents which are used in contracts for the carriage of goods by sea. This will include bills of lading, sea waybills and delivery orders. The course will examine the rights and liabilities of the parties to such contracts, including the shipowner, the charterer, the cargo owner, the lawful holder of the bill of lading etc. Major international conventions on carriage of goods, such as the Hague and Hague-Visby Rules, the Hamburg Rules, and the Rotterdam Rules will also be examined. More details of the module can be found here.
This course will focus on charterparties, which are contracts between the shipowner and the charterer for the hire of the vessel, either for a specific voyage (voyage charterparties) or over a period of time (time charterparties). There are in addition, other variants of these basic types, which will also be referred to. This course will examine the standard forms for each of the charterparties being studied and examine the main terms and legal relationship between shipowners and charterers. This dynamic and important aspect of the law of carriage of goods by sea is frequently the subject of arbitral proceedings and court decisions. More details of the module can be found here.
EU Maritime Law
The European Union (EU) plays an increasing role in the regulation of international shipping and any shipping company wishing to do businesses in Europe will have to take this into consideration. The module will take on various aspects of this regulation and will place the EU rules in the context of international maritime law. To ensure a common basis for understanding the EU maritime law, the basic structure and principles of the EU and EU law will be explained at the outset. This module complements other courses in maritime and admiralty law. It gives an insight into how the EU as a large and important regional player regulates shipping in a sometimes difficult interplay with international (and national) regulation. The module offers both an overview and more in-depth knowledge about the regulation of pollution damage, passenger claims and competition. More details of the module can be found here.
International and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
This course explores principles and rules relating to the exploration for, development and production of oil and gas (sometimes described as "upstream oil and gas operations"). After an introduction to the geopolitics of oil, the course commences with an examination of different arrangements governing the legal relationship between states and international oil companies. It then moves on to consider the agreements governing the relationships between companies involved in upstream petroleum operations (joint operating and unitisation agreements) and the liability/risk allocation provisions commonly found in oilfield service contracts. It will conclude by examining key areas of regulatory law, notably the regulation of health and safety and the decommissioning of offshore installations. More details of the module can be found here.
Law of Marine Insurance
This course aims to give students a firm foundation of existing law; a working understanding of standard form policies; and an understanding of the interaction between the Marine Insurance Act, case law and the Institute Clauses. Topics will include: types of marine insurance policies; insurable interest; principle of utmost good faith; marine insurance policies; warranties; causation; insured and excluded perils; proof of loss; types of losses; salvage, general average and particular charges; measure of indemnity and abandonment; mitigation of losses. This course will appeal to students who wish to specialise in either insurance law or maritime law. More details of the module can be found here.
Maritime Conflict of Laws
This course will provide a clear and accessible introduction to conflicts issues that arise in the day to day practice of shipping law. Topics may include conflict of jurisdictions, parallel proceedings and forum shopping in admiralty matters; role of foreign law in establishing admiralty jurisdiction; recognition and priority of foreign maritime liens and other claims; choice of law and maritime Conventions; conflicts of maritime Conventions; security for foreign maritime proceedings; and recognition and enforcement of foreign maritime judgments. No prior knowledge of conflicts theory or practice is required or expected, but prior or concurrent enrolment in an admiralty law course is essential. More details of the module can be found here.
This course will provide an understanding of the legal issues arising from casualties involving ships. It will examine aspects of the law relating to nationality and registration of ships, ship sale and purchase, and the law of collisions, oil pollution, salvage, towage, wreck, pilotage, general average, and limitation of liability. Students successfully completing the course will be familiar with the international conventions governing these issues, as well as the domestic law of Singapore. More details of the module can be found here.
Ocean Law & Policy in Asia
The main focus of this course is on the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which was adopted in 1982 after nine years of negotiations. UNCLOS purports to establish a legal order for the oceans and has been described as a “constitution for the oceans”. It reflects a carefully negotiated balance of the security and economic interests of various groups of states, including naval powers, maritime states, coastal states, island archipelagic states and land-locked states. This course examines how UNCLOS came about, and how it is being interpreted, adapted, modified and supplemented to meet the challenges posed by developing issues and problems, including threats of piracy and maritime terrorism, military exercises and survey activities, environmental threats to coral reefs and marine biological diversity, the management of fisheries resources, and the dangers presented by maritime boundary disputes. More details of the module can be found here.
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National University of Singapore – Module Listing for Maritime Law Modules