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Free Online Course on Maritime Law: An Introduction to Shipping Transactions

Law Society of Scotland, Addleshaw Goddard is offering free online course on Maritime Law: An Introduction to Shipping Transactions. This free online course will look below the water line at the unseen legal and transactional structures behind the shipping industry.

In this four week course, applicants will learn about the transactions behind the shipping industry via this free online course. Explore the practicalities of global trade. This course will start on October 30, 2017.

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Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 3 hours/week
Subject: Maritime Law: An Introduction to Shipping Transactions
Institution: Law Society of Scotland, Addleshaw Goddard and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course starts on October 30, 2017

Providers’ Details

Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for solicitors in Scotland. We lead legal excellence by representing our members and representing the public interest in relation to our members.

Addleshaw Goddard

At Addleshaw Goddard, our business is about strong client relationships built on successful delivery across national and international markets.

About This Course

Students will develop an understanding of how the merchant fleets of the world are bought, sold and securitized – and how international conventions regulate ships wherever they are registered.

Why Take This Course?

We will examine the process of acquiring and financing of new vessels and secondary market tonnage: from the various perspectives of a buyer, a seller, a ship-builder and a bank. We will explore the concept of flags of convenience and modern practice of ship registration.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…

  • Compare the benefits of registering a ship in different registers globally.
  • Investigate the legal structures and techniques involved in ship registration.
  • Evaluate the contractual approaches involved in shipping transactions.
  • Debate the merits of flags of convenience.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ship sale and purchase.
  • Explain the regulation of the shipping industry globally.


There are no special requirements for this course. This is an introductory course and is open to everyone who has an interest in developing their understanding of maritime law. It may be of particular interest to anyone with an interest in global trade; anyone working in the maritime industry (or working in sectors that support the maritime industry) and law students and lawyers considering careers in maritime law.


Ed Watt

Location Edinburgh, Scotland

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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