🎓 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 field

Law and Political Science

Duration / Credits

10 months

Official stamp of quality – AQU





Student profile

Law graduates interested in developing their professional career in the area of maritime law in firms. Other graduates who want to get involved in the world of maritime law and its repercussion on the business world.

Admission and enrolment

Application is via the website and documentation and enrolment formalisation is at the University.

Calendar and timetable

From October to June. Fridays from 16:00 to 21:00.

Academic Calendar

Leadership Essentials Programme from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)


1. Methodology

Maritime law has become one of the most specialised branches of law on the international scale. 85% of the planet's imports and exports take place on the sea. This means a good knowledge of specific maritime laws, as well as the practical aspects of the maritime industry, is essential for all jurists interested in this speciality. Furthermore, it is a subject with very few specialists, so offers a wide range of career opportunities.

2. International focus

This master's is the only one in Barcelona that offers a solid education, not just in Spanish Maritime Law, but also in aspects of English and Welsh maritime law and how it works.

The vast majority of contracts in the shipping sector are subject to British common law, so this specialisation can only be understood with English law and economy, followed by the vast majority of seafaring countries.

Therefore, Abat Oliba University CEU offers this specialisation focused on the business of maritime transport and English and Welsh law with the possibility of professional work experience in companies and law firms specialised in this area and jurisdiction.

In the course, there are also notable international professors from the United Kingdom and Greece, who come to Abat Oliba University CEU in Barcelona to educate our students in English maritime law and the specifics of maritime law. As well as faculty, this course guarantees top-quality specialised education on a state level.

3. Leadership programme

The Leadership Essentials programme, from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) programme is designed to help students understand and discover their leadership potential and apply it on a daily basis.

4. Professional development

Real-world internship programme in big professional firms from the sector. A national and international job market with more than 2300 associated companies offering internships in more than 20 countries.

5. Faculty

Teaching staff made up of accredited experts and workers chosen for their recognised prestige and specialisation in the field of maritime law on a European scale.

6. Experience

We have been training lawyers since 1973. We are the most experienced private university for teaching law in Catalonia.

7. Language

It is the only bilingual master's in its speciality, with half of the classes taught in English so our students acquire the linguistic and cultural skills needed to work anywhere in the world.

8. Employability

CEU postgraduates have a 95% average employment rate.

9. Information resources

The Library Service was created as a study and research support with the aim of responding to all educational and scientific demands. It has long opening hours, including weekends, and is equipped with the latest technology.

UAO CEU also gives the university community a digital device containing open-access publications including teaching materials, faculty and institutional research and work by students and alumni of the University.


Course structure

  • Module 1: Introduction to Maritime Law (3 ECTS)
  • Module 2: Introduction to Maritime Transport (3 ECTS)
  • Module 3: Public Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
  • Module 4: Private Maritime Law (9 ECTS)
  • Module 5: English Maritime Law (6 ECTS)
    • Maritime Law of England and Wales
    • Chartering under the British Flag
  • Module 6: Structure of Maritime Business (18 ECTS)
    • Short Sea Shipping
    • Economic Shipping Markets
    • Maritime Transport and Ports
    • Fleets and Ship Leasing
  • Module 7: Risk Management, Maritime Insurance and Ship and Fleet Financing (3 ECTS)
    • Marine Insurance and Cover of Merchant Shipping
  • External Internship (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Dissertation (6 ECTS)




Course Director

Joan Ripoll. Doctor of Economics and Dean at UAO CEU.


Course Coordinator

Rosa Romero. Maritime Lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, recruitment, negotiation and strategy.



Advisory board

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


  • Ángel Arnaudas. Director of Autochartering, a Spanish charter broker.
  • Alis Cantano. Former member of the UN Environment (UNIDO) and the Ministry for the Environment in the UK. Advisor to the Environmental Ministry of Spain.
  • Yamandú R. Caorsi. Member of Náutica Legal SL.
  • Dr. Alkis Corres. Greek Maritime Economist. Former President of the Greek College of Marine Economists and current Subdirector of the Port of Piraeus. Advisor in Piraeus for cruise ship issues.
  • Óscar Cuesta. Logistics Manager 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 Partner of Davis & Co LLP and author of the Bareboat Charters manual, edited by Lloyd’s of London Press.
  • Robert Merkin. Professor of Insurance Law at City, University of London.
  • Dr. Carmen Parra. Senior Professor of International Private Law at Abat Oliba CEU University.
  • Beatriz Pérez del Molino. Legal Advisor at the Barcelona Port Companies Association.
  • Carlos Rico. President of the Association of Nautical Industries, Commerce and Services.
  • Miquel Roca. Lawyer and Supreme Court Solicitor of England and Wales. Plenipotentiary from the Kingdom of Spain to the United Nations for the signing of the Rotterdam Rules.
  • Miguel Ángel Sánchez. Maritime Lawyer. Partner at Hogan Lowells. Specialist in transport and tax law.
  • Rosa Romero. Maritime Lawyer at FF Lawyers. Specialist in trade affairs, recruitment, negotiation and strategy. 
  • Eduard Duran. Bachelor's in Nautical and Shipping Transport from the UPC. Master's in Logistics from ICT-UPC. Director General at Portcemen S.A.
  • Belén Mora. Bachelor's in Law from UB. Doctor of Law from UPF. Partner of Cortés Abogados law firm. Specialist in litigation, arbitrage and criminal economics.
  • Eva Payet. Bachelor's in Law from UdG. Master's Degree from UPC. Partner at Sea&Law Abogados.
  • Domingo González. Bachelor's in Law from UB. Maritime Lawyer.
  • Alfons Esteve. Bachelor's in Law from UdL. Master's in Maritime Law and Business from ICADE.
  • Juan Luis Pulido. Professor of Business Law from Cádiz University.
  • Concepción Hill. Lead professor of Trade Law at UB. Member of Marine Claims and Recovery Forum (MCRF).
  • Rob Collins. Maritime Lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Manager of P&I and FD&D in South America for four years.
  • Ivan Woods. Maritime Lawyer at the international firm Clyde & Co. Specialist in marine insurance and cargo recovery disputes.
  • Jesús Ezequiel Martínez. Doctor of Navigation Science and Techniques from UPC. Specialist in Shipping Business.
  • Pol Bonastre. Lawyer and Supreme Court Solicitor of England and Wales. Complex claims specialist at British Marine (QBE Insurance).
  • Iván Roa. Doctor of Project and Systems Engineering from UPC. Manager of International Expansion at the ICIL Foundation. Director of the Master's and Postgraduate Department at UAO CEU.



Internships and careers


As part of their education, students of the Official Master's Degree in Maritime Law must carry out a professional internship related to their course. This internship, which is guaranteed by the University, will take place in companies or law firms linked to the maritime sector. This internship is required to graduate from the course.


Studying the course allows students to join human teams in various specialist offices and companies, both in Spain and across the world, who need lawyers and executives with a solid background on the subject. It also opens up professional activity in companies from the maritime port sector, public administration and insurance brokers.

Upon completing the programme, students can develop their careers in the following fields:

- international transport management
- international arbitration in the shipping sector
- international law in the sector
- maritime consulting
- insurance contracting and management


Abat Oliba CEU University has a close relationship with companies and organisations in the sector. Among these organisations are:


Fees and funding




Once the place has been reserved, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

Single payment

The single payment method features a 3% enrolment discount.

Payment in instalments

50% upon enrolment and 50% in January.

Monthly payment

In 10 instalments with Banc de Sabadell's special-offer 0% interest financing. (Consult arrangement fee).

Other financing plans

With Banco Santander, CaixaBank, BBVA and Banc Sabadell. These also include a 3% enrolment discount.


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Quality and regulation


Candidates for the Official Master's Degree in Maritime Law must have completed a Spanish or international university higher education qualification equivalent to a bachelor's degree in the British system. The student body includes:

  • Graduates interested in advancing their professional career in the fields of maritime law and business.
  • Business people and company leaders who want to implement maritime law and business.
  • Specialists from the local, regional and national administration who want to specialise in international maritime law.

Candidates with professional experience in the maritime transport sector may also be accepted.



To acquire a practical and specialised knowledge of maritime law, with the latest legal and case-law trends, as well as the international instruments applicable to the day-to-day legal and business aspects of the maritime sector. To offer a practical, solid vision of these legal and economic aspects from the perspective of British law.

This master's aims to extend their specialist knowledge to practical cases that allow students to put their skills into practice.

To offer students an education in British law, which resolves the vast majority of international shipping disputes.