The Shipping Law module aims to give students a thorough introduction to International Maritime Law, and an overview of the national and international framework of shipping, including commonly used contracts for the sale of ships, chartering and transportation of cargo. The challenges of jurisdiction and choice of law are discussed. The Shipping Law module also covers the topics of general contract law in shipping, mandatory and non-mandatory rules relating to shipowners' and charterers' liabilities, the rules and laws that apply in case of environmental damage and oil spills. Additionally students will learn the general and specific limitation rules that apply in situations of cargo/passenger liability, salvage, collision, etc.

Key Objectives

Provide students with knowledge of the laws, needed by those who engage in the business of owning and managing vessels

Enrich students’ knowledge of advanced legal issues relating to both law of Admiralty and Ship-owners Liability


  • 18 hours of video
  • 255 pages of notes
  • 1194 presentation slides
  • 6 Self - Assessment quizes
  • 1 Summative assignment
  • No prerequisites
  • 10 Credits
  • Core module


Dr. Voudouris

PhD in Law from the University of London

Dr. Yannis Voudouris holds a PhD degree in Law from the University of London (2013). He did his LL.M. at the University of Kent (1999) and received his LL.B. degree from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (1997).

During his doctoral studies in London he researched in the field of liner and tramp shipping industry. He is currently researching in the areas of Maritime Law and Civil Mediation, at post-doc level.

His international and professional experience is diverse: He is a qualified attorney, member of the Athens Bar and commercial director in one of the most prestigious shipbroker firms in the world. Since 2000, Dr. Voudouris has taught Maritime Law, Marine Insurance, International Trade Law, Contract Law, European Law and Law and Political Economy, in various universities around the world (UK, Greece, Cyprus, India, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans). He joined the Shipping Department of BCA in 2013 teaching Maritime Law and International Trade Law to postgraduate students. In addition Dr. Voudouris has written various articles that await publication in the area of Competition Law, Trade Law and Commercial Mediation.

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