P&I Clubs Workshop offered by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in Greece and Hellenic Management Centre

Students attending the LLM in International Shipping Law Programme offered by Queen Mary University (QMUL) in Greece and Shipping Professionals from all spectrums of the shipping market had the opportunity to attendP&I Clubs Workshop organized by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL and the Hellenic Management Centre on Saturday, 11th of March 2017, at HMC Premises in Piraeus.

The workshop was coordinated academically by Dr. Alexandros Ntovas, Lecturer in Shipping Law and Director International Shipping Law Programme (Piraeus, Greece).It also featured 2 sessions led by two guest speakers - eminent practitioners in the Greek shipping marketwho covered the practical part of the workshop: Ms. Dorothea Ioannou, Managing Director, SCB (Hellas) Inc.,Global Business Development Director, from the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association Inc. presented the Collisions P&I cover, FDD and the interplay of Hull RDC and Mr Andrew Dyer, Partner ataddressed the Salvage liability for Clubs, Direct Action issues, and LOUs/LOIs.

The workshop served as an intellectual platform to communicate current practical experience from leading practitioners in matters highly related to P&I Clubs.

It examined the operation of P&I Clubs as mutual insurance associations and to this end their vital role to the existence and running of the international shipping community and trade.

It covered their history, development and structure, their basic rules of cover and the provision of security, as well as the legal concepts underlying their operation. It additionally examined the various risks Clubs insure against, their financial operation, the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs (including its structure, cover and importance), and how these associations relate to other forms of insurance.

 The workshop also put emphasis on ‘wet’ shipping law issues featuring a critical insight into the legal role of P&I Clubs in relation to collisions and salvage.

 The workshop was part of the academic curriculum ofthe LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece), of the CCLS, Queen Mary University in Greece.

 The LLM in International Shipping Law (Piraeus, Greece)is an innovativepostgraduate degree based on the successful London-based LLM in International Shipping Law and offered in Piraeus Greece by Queen Mary University of London and Hellenic Management Centre.

The programme is taught by experts of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London, one of UK's leading research-focused highereducation institutions. The programme is taught in co-operation with the Hellenic Management Centre (HMC), an institute committed to professional education and development within the shipping industry since 1999; at its premises in Piraeus.

This innovative postgraduate degree offers students the opportunity to develop academic and professional expertise in specialized areas of global maritime law, including Maritime Arbitration, Charterparties: Law and Practice, International Regulations of Shipping, Marine Insurance Law, Carriage of Goods by Sea, “Wet” Shipping Law: Collisions and other Incidents at Sea.

The programme is addressed to Lawyers, Law graduates, and Shipping Professionals with relevant work experience and an academic backgroundand is taught in intensive blocks throughout two academic semesters, so that it can be fitted in with any other professional commitments.

The entry requirements for Law graduates area degree in law, or a degree with substantial law content, normally of at least upper second class honours (or equivalent 7/10), whereas non-law graduates will be considered on the basis of professional experience that directly relates to the specialist LLM taught courses. Membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers along with professional experience will also be considered.

It is a unique opportunity for people living in Greece, to attend this prestigious programme without having to relocate, while at the same time two partial scholarships offered by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and open to Home/EU students only, are available for this programme.