This course offers a complete and user-friendly synopsis of how the shipping industry is regulated. The carefully constructed six modules conveyed through part-time tutored distance learning addresses the following concepts:

  • The Scope and Context and Function of International Maritime Law
  • Charter parties, Carriage of Goods by Sea, Bills of Lading and Applicable Instruments.
  • International Contracts of Sale and Marine Insurance
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Maritime Claims
  • Limitation of Liability, Salvage, Towage, General Average, Ports and Pilotages
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Techniques, Dispute Resolution.

Maritime Law is a trendy and popular specialization in the field of law, known as Admiralty Law. This branch of law is usually undertaken by students at the postgraduate level. The course of Maritime Law comprises a body of laws, conventions and treaties that govern private maritime business and other nautical matters. These matters also include legal systems concerning things such as shipping or misdemeanors occurring on open water. A significant aspect of the Maritime Law program is the study of international rules that are required for prevailing the use of the oceans and seas. This part of Maritime Law is called as the Law of the Sea.

The purpose of learning the Maritime Law is to apprehend the set of rules and guidelines that govern private maritime disputes, questions, offenses and other nautical matters. In almost all the developed countries, the maritime law abides by a separate code and is recognized as an independent jurisdiction from national laws. Students who study the program of Maritime Law are well-equipped with all the knowledge regarding the legal system that is followed on the seas. This is one of the progressing and distinctive fields of law. Usually, the course of Maritime Law is completed by a master’s degree but students can also pursue diploma or certificate level courses in Maritime Law.

The Proposed Learning Outcomes for Customs Law are as follows:

  • Describe, explain and understand the relationship between international trade and customs law and contract law, the role of the EU and the WTO;
  • Identify, understand, recognize and distinguish the principles and foundations of customs law;
  • Be acquainted with the various legislative instruments and sources of case law in customs law;
  • Describe, explain, understand and the legal nature, backgrounds, characteristics and systematics of the customs law, both within and outside the EU;
  • Describe, explain and understand the general concepts of customs law and closely related concepts;
  • Describe, explain and understand standard customs procedures;
  • Identify, understand, recognize and distinguish the elements of the customs procedures, customs arrangements, special procedures, etc.;
  • Understand and be able to apply customs valuation methods and understand how customs valuation interacts with VAT and transfer pricing;
  • Describe, explain and understand the origin / preferential origin concept;
  • Describe, explain and understand customs tariff rules, the nomenclatures, harmonized system, classification rules, and other aspects of tariff rules;
  • Describe, explain and understand how and when a customs debt may arise and who is in what situation to be deemed the customs debtor;
  • Have a precise knowledge of the mechanisms of importation and exportation of goods;
  • Resolve real-life cases in customs law from a hypothetical and practical point of view.

The significance of international customs continues to progress at an increasing rate, and there is an enormous shortage of specialists in the field of customs, tax and trade law.

The programme ‘Customs Law’ associates with this development and intends to provide students with a solid professional and theoretical groundwork in customs law. Students will acquaint themselves with concepts such as origin determination, tariff determination, and valuation methods. Further, students will acquire a solid understanding of the formalities connected with customs procedures and importation. After this course, students will be able to comprehend customs rules and practices in most jurisdictions.

The emphasis of the course ‘Customs Law’ lies on a global (i.e. worldwide) approach to the basic notions in Customs Law. Various recent developments in customs are studied (e.g. the trade wars, the Brexit, Chinese-U.S., the political dimension of customs law). The EU Customs law framework will be utilized by means of an example of a legal system that administers border taxation for international trade flows.