Maritime Law Academy

Shipping School 08 July 2019 - 12 July 2019
BIMCO members GBP 3,550.00
non-members GBP 4,550.00
VAT (excl. VAT@20%)
Group discounts available
Trinity Hall
Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ UK
Trinity Hall Cambridge - Conference and Events

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BIMCO is proud to present for the first time the Maritime Law Academy. The academy covers cutting-edge issues of International Maritime Law and its relationship with international trade, shipping and marine insurance. It gives the opportunity for those who attend to acquire and develop legal knowledge with practical and focused legal mindset and insight into the fundamental principles of shipping and trade law. The BIMCO Law Academy offers the participants a learning resource in constructing legal arguments, which can be applied in professional situations and aims to solve problems and reduce disputes. A core competence is clear and precise communication. Part of the course is therefore to train the skill of building precise arguments, with roots in English law.

The learning experience is enriched through case studies forming a key element of the programme. From experience, we know that they add value by developing skills in communicating and defending participants’ viewpoints. Case studies sharpen analytical thinking and assist in developing a tolerance for different views. The various solutions, which naturally emerge from case studies, serve as a valuable reference when faced with similar issues in their daily professional lives. 


Participant profile

The BIMCO Maritime Law Academy centers on international law, with a focus on English Maritime Law. The programme has been designed to meet the specific needs of lawyers new to the field or those seeking to expand their experience, it has also been designed for shipping professionals and those working in banking, ship management or insurance who need to understand the complex background that legal and contractual relationships crated in shipping contracts. The BIMCO Maritime Law Academy is a good option for students, who already have a good knowledge of basic law, but would like to add to this a marketable familiarity with the principles of maritime and trade law. At all times, the emphasis will be firmly on commercial practice, rather than academic questions of law.

Students in classroom

Learning objectives

The BIMCO Maritime Law Academy is residential and takes place at Trinity Hall college at the University of Cambridge, England. All participants will stay at Wing Gardens for the duration of the training. The “boot camp” atmosphere is a key aspect of the learning experience.

  • Strengthen your knowledge of how maritime law is used to create a framework for agreements and contracts used in international shipping.
  • Understand how your knowledge of international maritime law can be used to solve disputes and argue points of view.
  • Become aware of the interests and concerns of other parties to a dispute, and provide practical solutions using this knowledge.
  • Be assessed on your knowledge of international maritime law and your understanding of how it fits into international trade.
  • Understand how disputes are resolved by building a case on solid legal arguments, which will stand the test of arbitration or a court hearing.

Location - Cambridge - Trinity Hall

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If you are familiar with the BIMCO Summer Shipping School in Copenhagen, you will recognize the basic layout of the Maritime Law Academy: 5 days in total, residential, i.e. you stay together and work together, in a “boot-camp” atmosphere. Where the Summer Shipping School is focused on providing an overview of the chartering aspects, the Law Academy is focused primarily on the legal issues. 


To ensure a streamline sign up process, if you want to pay by bank transfer (invoice), please sign up at least 14 days (non-members) & 7 days for (members) before the course start date. After this period we only accept payment by credit card as stated in training payment and conditions here. If you require a visa invitation letter, please sign up a.s.a.p. Thank you for your cooperation.

The fee includes accommodation from Sunday 7th July (check in after 14) to Saturday 13th July 2018 (check out before 10) (6 nights),coffee breaks, lunches, participants’ dinners and excursions (as listed in the programme).




Group Discounts

10% group discount is available for registering 3 or more participants from the same Company.

Baris Soyer

Professor Soyer is the Director of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law at Swansea University ( He is a member of the British Maritime Law Association and British Insurance Law Association. He is the author of Warranties in Marine Insurance published by Cavendish Publishing (2001), Marine Insurance Fraud published by Informa Publishing and of an extensive list of journal articles published in elite journals such as Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of Business Law, Cambridge Law Journal, Edinburgh Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Torts Law Journal and Journal of... Read more

Mike Phillips

Mike is a partner and head of Stephenson Harwood’s marine and international trade practice. He specialises in shipping, carriage of goods, contentious ship finance disputes and ship and offshore vessel construction. Mike’s clients include banks, shipowners, traders and P&I clubs/insurers. Acting for some of the world’s largest and most well-known shipowners, he has experience of dealing with a wide range of matters from cargo claims and off-hire disputes to groundings and vessel fires. On the contentious ship finance side, Mike represents leading ship finance banks in a wide a... Read more

Jean Koh

Jean is a partner at HFW in London and specialises in shipping litigation, focusing on contractual shipping disputes including charter parties, bills of lading, cargo claims, commodities/trade disputes, ship sale and purchase disputes, bunker disputes and shipbuilding disputes. She represents owners, charterers, shipyards and their insurers based internationally but has a geographical focus on the Japanese market, having worked in Tokyo for 6 months there. On the casualty side, Jean also handles wet shipping disputes, in particular fire and explosions on container vessels due to undeclared dangerous cargoes and/or engine explosions, grounding... Read more

Stephen Mackin

Stephen Mackin is a lawyer at the international law firm Clyde & Co and he specialises in shipping and energy related issues particularly those arising from the carriage of oil and gas by sea. Stephen qualified in 1994 and was with Eversheds Sutherland for 25 years before joining Clyde & Co. He speaks regularly at conferences worldwide. He has spent five years with Shell Tankers (UK) Limited and has practical experience of the operation of VLCC’s, product tankers, LNG tankers and bulk carriers. He was Shell’s “cadet of the year”, a watch-keeping officer with Operation Raleigh and has sailed the Atlantic on a Ta... Read more

Jonathan Elvey

Jon Elvey teaches and lectures all over the world for BIMCO. He is known for making complex legal topics interesting, understandable and enjoyable. 

Jon spent 37 years with Ince & Co, the leading international London law firm, specializing in maritime disputes in arbitration and litigation. After 15 years in London, Jon moved to Greece to head Inces’ Piraeus office, developing it into a major law practice. Jon has acted for four decades for many of the industry’s biggest shipowners and charterers, advising them on all their commercial issues, with a particular emphasis on ... Read more

Peter Grube

Peter Grube is Head of Training: Courses and joined BIMCO in 1990. His first position was in the Support & Advice team, where he assisted BIMCO members with a wide range of commercial issues. In 2000 he was appointed Marketing & Sales Director of BIMCO, responsible for promoting and driving forward BIMCO’s global position as a leading maritime organisation. In 2005 he transferred to BIMCO Training, developing, coordinating and delivering BIMCO courses and seminars world-wide. Prior to joining BIMCO he worked in ship ownership in Copenhagen as well ... Read more


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