Are you ready to study the legal aspects of shipping and the transportation of goods? The unique and comprehensive Master programme ‘Maritime and Transport Law’ provides you with thorough, in-depth knowledge of the dynamic world of maritime and transport law.The Erasmus University is located in Rotterdam: Rotterdam is by far the largest seaport of Europe and one of the largest logistic and industrial hubs of the world.Studying at Erasmus School of Law means studying where the action is!

  • The LL.M. programme Maritime and Transport Law gives you a unique opportunity to obtain the legal know-how, the skills and practical experience needed for a career in maritime and transport law.
  • You are educated by excellent teaching staff. They have both a solid academic background as a wealth of experience from legal practice and the maritime and transport industry.
  • Your study location is a stone’s throw away from the largest part of Europe. You will visit companies to see how things work in practice.
  • Our graduates have great job perspectives!

What aspects does the programme cover?

As a student, you acquire the research, writing and presentation skills essential to a successful career as a legal practitioner or an in-house counsel in the maritime- or transport-related business world. By focussing on current developments and practical problems from a comparative law perspective, you will develop an international outlook on the many legal aspects of shipping and the transportation of goods.Based in the port of Rotterdam, this programme educates legal professionals that are well prepared to meet the many challenges that arise from this field. The study programme is divided into four blocks of nine weeks each. During the first block, you receive a general introduction to the subject matter. They learn how to do independent legal research and how to report their findings through presentations and papers during a 15 ECTS Legal Research and Writing Skills Course. Successful completion of this course is a precondition to being admitted to the Master Thesis.

The second block is composed of three courses: Carriage of Goods, Law of the Ship and (Public) Law of the Sea. The third block you will follow the 10 ECTS course Charter-Parties & Bills of Lading and Maritime Casualties (5 ECTS). The last block consists of a Master Thesis (10 ECTS) and the course Marine Insurance Law.

Practical skills

Based in the port of Rotterdam, this programme educates legal professionals that are to become well versed in Maritime and Transport Law. Due to its position in the largest port of Europe, the programme is able to offer you many opportunities to go on site and visit shipping and port businesses to see how things work in practice.


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Last updated May 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
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12 months
1,984 EUR
per year for EU/EEA students. €11,300 for non-EU/EEA students.
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