QMUL/HMC Reception at British Ambassador Residence

Launch of the Queen Mary University of London LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)

by QMUL/ HMC

Monday, 1st December 2014

An event to celebrate the launch of a new LLM in International Shipping Law took place at the British Ambassador’s Residence on December 1st, 2014.

It was co-hosted by the Hellenic Management Centre of Piraeus, Greece, and Queen Mary University of London and the Ambassador, and attended by eminent personalities of the shipping and legal world.

The reception was held on the occasion of these two institutes collaboration to offer the LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), a new programme based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions and its Law Department is currently ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in London. The programme will be taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies which, since its establishment more than 30 years ago within Queen Mary University’s School of Law, has become one of the leading institutions for commercial law in the world.

The Hellenic Management Centre (HMC) in Piraeus, Greece is committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999; offering education and maritime training programmes addressed to major companies and experienced shipping professionals, designed to upgrade their theoretical and practical grounding. Since 2003, HMC is the Official Educational Provider of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, the only internationally recognized professional body for shipping professionals, offering ICS Courses leading to ICS Membership.

The LLM in International Shipping Law is an innovative postgraduate diploma offering students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including Wet shipping law, Marine Insurance, International Commercial Law, P&I Clubs, Carriage of Goods By Sea and Charterparties. It is aimed at lawyers and professionals with relevant work experience. It also is accredited by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Applications for the academic year 2015-2016 are now open .

British Ambassador John Kittmer said:

‘I am glad that the strong, historic links between Greece and the UK in the maritime sector are expanding further in the area of post-graduate education of lawyers and shipping professionals.  One of our most distinguished academic institutions, Queen Mary University of London, is setting up in Piraeus, the heart of global shipping, offering to law degree holders and shipping professionals the opportunity to further their qualifications with a world-renowned LLM in International Shipping Law, while carrying on working and without having to relocate. It’s a great opportunity for young lawyers and professionals within the Greek shipping community.’

The attendees were also welcomed by Mrs. Natalia Margioli, Managing Director of the Hellenic Management Centre. Mrs. Margioli highlighted the importance of the collaboration of HMC with the prestigious Queen Mary University of London. She pointed out that the programme is an excellent choice for maritime and law professionals that seek to enhance their carrier opportunities and improve their knowledge on commercial shipping law. She concluded that the QMUL LLM Programme will promote Piraeus as an educational shipping metropolitan centre and enhancing the leading position of Greece in International Shipping. 

After thanking the British Ambassador and Mrs Margioli of HMC, Professor David Sadler, International Vice-President of QMUL representing the Principal of QMUL, focused on the international profile of QMUL, member of the Russell Group of Universities and one of the 24 leading research institutions of the world. Mentioning the extensive international student and stuff community, joint programmes in China and Paris, he greeted the new collaboration with HMC for the Piraeus LLM, as a distinctive programme.

Professor Spyros Maniatis, Director of CCLS Queen Mary, University of London underlined that the new LLM in International Shipping Law in Piraeus, by the Centre of Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary, University of London, is the University’s second European venture after the Paris LLM. Adding HMC’s vision and enthusiasm, he expects Piraeus to become a metropolitan shipping hub that contributes to the development of commercial law from an international and comparative perspective.

Dr. Tina Loverdou, Programme Director, CCLS, Queen Mary, University of London, after thanking the British Ambassador and the attendees, referred to the structure of the LLM Programme. Following the success of the London based LLM in International Shipping Law, highlighted that it is a unique opportunity for shipping and shipping law professionals to attend such an LLM Programme in Greece, receiving a highly respected postgraduate degree. 

Eminent personalities form the shipping industry and distinguished professionals of the law, including attended the event in genuine support of the programme.

The attendees of the reception considered this programme a unique opportunity for students and maritime professionals living in Greece, to attend it without having to relocate.