About the Marine and Shipping Law Unit

The Marine and Shipping Law Unit (MASLU) brings together scholars within the TC Beirne School of Law who are actively engaged in research and teaching in the following areas:

  • Marine environmental law
  • Marine aspects of climate change law
  • Admiralty jurisdiction
  • General wet maritime law
  • International law of the sea
  • Carriage of goods by sea
  • Marine insurance
  • General average
  • Limitation of liability
  • Choice of law and jurisdiction


MASLU’s mission includes:

  • promoting teaching and research in all aspects of marine environmental law, maritime law and the law of the sea
  • providing the legal profession, academia, law students, government, NGOs and the marine and shipping industries with specialist expertise relating to developments law
  • monitoring international developments in marine environmental and maritime law and providing advice and expertise to governments on policy and legislation related to these areas
  • publishing and promoting publications in all aspects of marine environmental law, maritime law and the law of the sea.

Student involvement

MASLU integrates student learning into its research activities by offering students studying maritime law a range of opportunities to engage with staff and the maritime profession. Possible activities include Seminar Series, Conferences, submitting articles for publication and a boat license course.

Annual report

For more information about MASLU and our activities over the past three years download the Marine and Shipping Law Unit annual report (PDF, 599.9 KB).


For further information please contact MASLU Director, Professor Craig Forrest.