🎓 Official Master’s Degree Maritime Law | Universitat Abat Oliba CEU

The master's degree in Maritime Law and Business is the only one that offers training in the English Maritime Law and Business fields. 

Official master’s degree in Maritime Law
Course title

Official Master’s Degree in Maritime Law

Academic area

Law and Political Science

Duration / Credits

10 months
(60 ECTS)

Official Quality Certification - AQU




Blended learning

Student profile 

Law graduates interested in pursuing a career in the field of maritime law at firms and companies. Other graduates looking to enter the world of maritime law and find out more about its impact on business.

Admissions and enrolment

Application via website, submission of documentation and formalisation of admission at the University.

Calendar and timetables

From October to June. Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Academic Calendar


Why study at UAO CEU?

1. Methodology

Maritime law has become one of the most specialised branches of law worldwide. As 85% of the world’s imports and exports are transported by sea, full knowledge of the specific regulations of maritime law, as well as the practical aspects of the maritime industry, is a must for any lawyer interested in this speciality. These are also subjects in which there are very few specialists and which therefore open up a wide range of professional opportunities.

2. An international approach

This master's degree is the only one in Barcelona that offers solid training in not just Spanish maritime law, but also in aspects of maritime law in England and Wales and the specific operation of the maritime business in the United Kingdom. 

The vast majority of contracts in the maritime sector are subject to British common law , so those specialising in this field will need to study the English legal and economic concepts that have been accepted by the majority of countries in the world with access to the sea.

For this reason, Abat Oliba CEU University offers this specialisation focused on the maritime transport business and English and Welsh law by offering students the chance to undertake professional internships at companies and law firms specialising in this field and jurisdiction.

The programme is taught by outstanding international professors from the United Kingdom and Greece, who travel to Abat Oliba CEU University in Barcelona especially to train our students in English maritime law and the specificities of the maritime business. It also offers ensures the highest quality in specialist training in Spain.

3. Professional development

Real internships at major companies in the sector. We also offer a national and international job’s board with more than 2,300 collaborating companies with work placements in over 20 countries.

4. Transformative Competences Training Programme

Training programme, specifically focused on developing leadership competence. Through a combination of practical exercises, self-assessments and feedback with fellow UAO CEU postgraduate students, you will develop a broad vision of your own leadership style.

5. Teaching staff

Our teaching staff comprises experts and accredited professionals chosen for their recognised prestige and specialisation in the field of maritime law in Europe.

6. Experience

We have been training legal experts since 1973. The private university with the most experience in the field of law in Catalonia.

7. Employability

The average employment rate for those who have completed postgraduate studies at UAO CEU is 95.8%. (AQU Survey, 2020)

8. Information resources

The Library Service is designed to support study and research with the primary objective of meeting students’ educational and scientific needs. It has ample opening hours, even on weekends, with the best computer facilities.

UAO CEU also offers a large digital repository containing open-access publications derived from the teaching, research and institutional activities by the university’s teaching staff, students and alumni.


Teaching staff


Academic Management

Adolfo Lucas. PhD in Law and Director of the Department of Law and Political Science at UAO CEU.


Academic Coordinator

Andrea Pérez Suay. PhD in Maritime Law and lecturer in Civil Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.


Advisory Board

  • Dr Carmen Parra. Associate professor in Private International Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Anthony Rogers. Senior Lecturer at The City Law School - City University London. Director of the LL. M. programme in Maritime Law.
  • Dr Alkis J. Corres. Maritime economist from Greece. Deputy Director of Piraeus Port. Professor at the Aegean University of Athens

Teaching staff

  • Ian Woods. Maritime lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Specialist in marine insurance and cargo recovery litigation.  
  • Ana Belén Campuzano. Full professor of Commercial Law at San Pablo CEU University and academic director at Dictum Abogados. 
  • Carles Mayol. Commercial Director of the Port of Barcelona. 
  • Domingo González. Lawyer and Spokesperson for Spain with the ILO on international labour and maritime affairs. 
  • Thomas N. Forkin. Maritime lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co.   
  • Pol Bonastre. Lawyer and solicitor at the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Claims handler at British Marine (QBE Insurance) and claims advisor at Peninsula Petroleum. 
  • Pedro Baena Baena. Full professor of Commercial Law at the University of Seville and specialist in maritime law.  
  • Eduard Duran. Graduate in Nautical and Maritime Transport from the UPC. Master's in Logistics from ICT-UPC. General Manager of Portcemen S.A.  
  • Concepción Hill. Associate professor of Commercial Law at UB. Member of the Marine Claims and Recovery Forum (MCRF).  
  • Alkis Corres. Maritime economist from Greece. Former President of the Association of Marine Economists of Greece and current Deputy Director of the Port of Piraeus. Piraeus advisor for cruise affairs.  
  • Juan Luis Pulido. Full Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Cádiz. Maritime lawyer.  
  • Alejandro Arola. Specialist in Customs Law and Chairman of the Arola Group. 
  • Andrea Pérez Suay. PhD in Maritime Law and lecturer in Civil Law at Abat Oliba CEU University. 
  • Mark Davies. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, managing director of Davis & Co LLP and author of the Bareboat Charters manual, published by Lloyd's of London Press.  
  • Miquel Roca. Lawyer and Solicitor with the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Spain before the United Nations for the signature of the Rotterdam Rules.  
  • Anthony Rogers. Senior Lecturer, City University of London. 
  • Luz Martínez de Azcoitia. Lawyer at Uría Menéndez and specialist in maritime and transport law, advising on issues related to financial structuring for the acquisition of ships, aircraft and other transport elements. 
  • Dr Carmen Parra. Associate professor in Private International Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.  
  • Hari Narayan. Partner of United Maritime Law Chambers, a boutique Shipping law firm based out of Cochin, India.  
  • Beatriz Pérez del Molino. Legal consultant for the Association of Consignees of the Port of Barcelona.  
  • Jesús Ezequiel Martínez. PhD in the Science and Techniques of Sailing from UPC. Specialist in maritime business.  
  • Francesc Xavier Martínez de Osés. PhD in Nautical Engineering and professor at the Nautical Faculty of UPC. Director of the TRANSMAR research group. 
  • M.A. Medina. PhD in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Master's degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.  
  • Belén Mora. Degree in Law from UB. PhD in Law from UPF. Partner of Cortés Abogados. Specialist in the fields of litigation, arbitration and criminal-financial.  
  • Jaime Rodrigo de Larrucea. Lawyer and university lecturer, specialising in the fields of maritime law and marine safety and pollution. 
  • Rosa Romero. Maritime lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, procurement, negotiation and strategy.   
  • Francisco Villacampa. Professor of International Public Law, Institutions and Principles of the European Union, and European Judicial System at Abat Oliba CEU University. Lecturer with the Master's Degree in Prevention of Radicalisation at the University of Barcelona. Expert on Global Terrorism and International Security.
  • Inés Aparici. Lawyer specialising in reefer maritime export transactions at Kuehne + Nagel 


Internships and career opportunities


As part of the training, students of the Master's Degree in Maritime Law must carry out professional internships, guaranteed by the university, with companies or law firms linked to the maritime sector. Completion of this internship will be required in order to obtain the official title.

Studying the programme allows graduates to join teams at various specialised firms and companies, both in Spain and around the world, who need lawyers and executives with a solid grounding in the field. It also opens the door to a career at companies in the port sector, the civil service, brokers and insurance companies.

By completing the programme, students will be able to develop their career in the following areas:

- direction and management of international transport operations
- international arbitration in the maritime sector
- international law in the sector
- maritime consultancy
- insurance contracting and management




Abat Oliba CEU University has a close relationship with companies and institutions in the sector. These organisations include:


Fees and scholarships


€ 6,435*

*Price for the 2023-24 academic year

Tuition fees correspond, solely and exclusively, to the provision of teaching as part of the programme enrolled on, and this is the only service offered in exchange for the payment of those fees. By enrolling, the student accepts that decisions made by the competent authorities may, directly or indirectly, render it necessary to carry out teaching, tutoring, work placements or assessment tests either in person or via distance learning.

The student accepts that they remain obliged to pay any such fees in full even if, for reasons beyond the control of the University, some of the educational activities included in the degree cannot be carried out as initially provided for in the course guides at the beginning of the academic year. If restrictions are part in place, the University will provide the student with a guarantee that the activity will be rescheduled when possible, taking into consideration the interests of the student and any other applicable academic criteria.


Once you have formalised reservation of your place, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

One-time payment

A one-off payment entitles you to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.

Payment by instalments

3 instalments per year.

Monthly payments

10 instalments with special 0% interest financing with CaixaBank. This also entitles students to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.

Other financing agreements

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. This also entitles students to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.


Students have until 30 June to cancel their reserved place. This way, you can book your place now and be free to cancel if your circumstances change*
*Deadline for cancelling subject to changes in the official enrolment calendar


Postgraduate and Further University Studies
Bellesguard 30. 08022 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 253 72 03

Quality and regulation


To specialise in maritime law, with knowledge of the latest legal and jurisprudential developments, as well as the international instruments that apply to the day-to-day legal and business aspects of the maritime sector. To offer a practical, solid understanding of these legal and economic aspects from the perspective of common law.

This master's degree aims to extend this specialist knowledge and apply it to practical cases that will enable students to better understand the concepts and their impacts.

To provide students with training in English law, the law under which the vast majority of international maritime disputes are resolved.



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