LLM Curriculum

Maritime Law


Higher postgraduate course, first semester.

30 NQF credits at HEQSF level 9

Convener: Associate Professor G Bradfield

Course entry requirements: See Rules for LLM and MPhil degrees.

Course outline:

The course aims to develop and promote knowledge and skills in the field of maritime law by familiarising students with the law regulating ships and shipping activities, and that relating to civil

legal claims arising out of shipping activities. The course focuses on South African law but has

significant international and comparative components. The course covers South African Merchant Shipping and related legislation regulating ships and shipping activities; registration and ownership of ships and South Africa’s role as Flag-, Coastal-, and Port-State in ensuring the safety of ships and shipping activities; the SOLAS Convention and ISM Code; the acquisition and transfer of ownership of ships; the financing of ships and shipping operations; safety of navigation; collisions; limitation of liability; marine pollution control and compensation; wreck; master and crew; salvage; towage, and pilotage.

DP requirements: None

Assessment: Coursework  25%, June examination 75%