🎓 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
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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.

Entrepreneurs and managers looking to implement issues relating to the field of law.

Specialists working in local, regional and national administrations looking to further specialise in law.

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

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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. Leadership programme

The Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Essentials Programme is designed to help students understand and uncover their leadership potential and apply it in their day-to-day lives.

4. 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.

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

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 with Abat Oliba CEU is 95%.

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.



  • Subject 1: Introduction to Maritime Law (3 ECTS)
  • Subject 2: Introduction to Shipping (3 ECTS)
  • Subject 3: Public Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
  • Subject 4: Private Maritime Law (9 ECTS)
  • Subject 5: English Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
    • Maritime Law of England and Wales
    • Maritime Contracting under the English Flag
  • Subject 6: Structure of the Maritime Business (18 ECTS)
    • Short Sea Shipping
    • The Economic Markets of Shipping
    • Shipping and Ports
    • Shipping and Leasing
  • Subject 7: Risk Management, Marine Insurance and Ship and Fleet Financing (6 ECTS)
    • Marine Insurance and Coverage of Shipped Goods
    • Financing Ships and Fleets
  • External internship (3 ECTS)
  • Master’s Dissertation (6 ECTS)  


Teaching staff


Academic Management

Joan Ripoll. PhD in Economics and Dean of UAO CEU.


Academic Coordination

Rosa Romero. Maritime lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, contracting, negotiation and strategy.



Advisory Board

  • Dr Carmen Parra Rodríguez. 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

  • Ángel Arnaudas. Director of Autochartering, a charter brokerage company in Spain.
  • Alis Cantano. Former member of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNIDO) and the United Kingdom Ministry of the Environment. Advisor to the Spanish Ministry of the Environment.
  • Yamandú R. Caorsi. Partner at Náutica Legal SL.
  • Dr 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.
  • Óscar Cuesta. Director of Logistics at Juguetes Famosa.
  • Dr Oswald de Sybel. Solicitor and professor at London City 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.
  • Robert Merkin. Professor of Insurance Law at the City University of London.
  • Dr Carmen Parra. Associate professor in Private International Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Beatriz Pérez del Molino. Legal consultant for the Association of Consignees of the Port of Barcelona.
  • Carlos Rico. President of the Association of Industries, Commerce and Nautical Services
  • 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.
  • Miguel Ángel Sánchez. Maritime lawyer. Partner at Hogan Lowells. Specialist in transport and taxation.
  • Rosa Romero. Maritime lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, contracting, negotiation and strategy. 
  • Eduard Duran. Graduate in Nautical and Maritime Transport from the UPC. Master's in Logistics from ICT-UPC. General Manager of Portcemen S.A.
  • Belén Mora. Degree in Law from UB. PhD in Laws from UPF. Partner of Cortés Abogados. Specialist in the fields of litigation, arbitration and criminal-financial.
  • Eva Payet. Degree in Law from UdG. Master's from UPC. Partner at Sea&Law Abogados.
  • Domingo González. Degree in Law from UB. Maritime lawyer. 
  • Alfons Esteve. Degree in Law from UdL. Master’s in Maritime Law and Business from ICADE.
  • Juan Luis Pulido. Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Cádiz. Maritime lawyer.
  • Concepción Hill. Associate professor of Commercial Law at UB. Member of the Marine Claims and Recovery Forum (MCRF).
  • Ivan Woods. Maritime lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Specialist in marine insurance and cargo recovery litigation.
  • Jesús Ezequiel Martínez. PhD in the Science and Techniques of Sailing from UPC. Specialist in maritime business.
  • Pol Bonastre. Lawyer and solicitor at the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Specialist in complex claims at British Marine (QBE Insurance)
  • Iván Roa. PhD in Project and Systems Engineering from UPC. Director of International Expansion of the ICIL Foundation. Director of the Master’s and Postgraduate Department at UAO CEU. 
  • María Jesús Pesqueira Zamora. PhD in Procedural Law from UAO CEU. Alternate Judge at the Provincial Audience of Barcelona. Dean of the Faculty of Law and Business at UAO CEU.
  • Thomas N. Forkin. Maritime lawyer at the international firm Cyde & Co.



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


€ 6255


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 5% of the tuition fees.

Payment by instalments

Payment in four instalments per academic year.

Monthly payments

In 10 instalments with special, interest-free financing. Also entitles you to a 5% discount in tuition fees.

Other financing agreements

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. This also offers a discount of 5% of the tuition fees.


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Quality and regulation


Those applying to take this Official Master’s in Maritime Law must hold either a higher university degree title from Spain (diplomatura, licenciatura or ingeniería superior) or a foreign degree (equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the Anglo-Saxon system). This profile includes:

  • Graduates interested in pursuing a career in the field of maritime law and business.
  • Entrepreneurs and company managers looking to implement issues relating to maritime law.
  • Technicians from local, regional and national administrations who want to specialise in maritime law.

Applications from people with professional experience who have worked in the maritime transport sector are also accepted.



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.