Study programme

Maritime & Transport Law

Erasmus School of Law guarantees all prospective students and re-enrolling students of our LL.M-programmes that all education for the next academic year will be offered as of 6 September 2021. 

In line with our commitment to offer education at highest quality standards, such as interactive education and an ‘international classroom experience’, our goal remains to welcome our students ‘live’ on our campus. However, if government measures do not allow or limit on campus activities at the beginning or during the academic year, we will ensure that students can start or continue their studies and complete their master programme successfully through online or blended education. This way we can continue to support all students in achieving their ambitions in the coming academic year. Please note that at this stage, our LL.M-courses are not offered as fully ‘online’ education.

International students who have been unable to obtain a visa or who are subject to travel restrictions due to Covid-19 are offered the possibility to start the academic year online. However, as our courses are not offered as fully ‘online’ education, we expect all international students to be on campus as soon as a government-imposed travel ban to the Netherlands is lifted.

This way, we would like to reassure our Dutch and international students that education will continue under best possible conditions, so that they feel even more motivated to enrol in one of our LLM-programmes.

LL.M. in Commercial Law

What aspects does the programme cover?

Students 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, students 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.

Does the programme have a particular focus? 

Throughout the master programme, aspects of maritime and transport law are considered from a comparative law perspective. Particular attention is paid to differences in approach and outcome between civil law jurisdictions and common law jurisdictions and by reference to the relevant standards in the international maritime and transport industry. 

Depending on the subject-matter, such international standards may be found in uniform private law instruments such as the Hague-Visby Rules and the York-Antwerp Rules, or in widely used standard contract forms, such as the various BIMCO standard agreements for charter parties and bills of lading.

As a student of this masterprogramme you will learn to adopt the transnational perspective of a legal practitioner who in his daily work is often confronted with legal problems or disputes not necessarily governed by his own national laws. As a professional in this field, you will need to co-operate and communicate with lawyers in other countries in tackling these problems.

Within a university teaching and research are combined. At the master level you will be brought into closer contact with this research. Ultimately, you will have to conduct scholarly research yourself (in your master's thesis). Both for research and in legal practice, certain academic and practical skills are indispensable.

The course Law of the Sea is a compulsory course for participants in the master programme Maritime and Transport Law. The course focuses on the body of public international law that governs ocean usage, such as navigation and fishing.

The course is based upon a theme-by-theme approach, whereby the alternative solutions given by the various unimodal transport law conventions are compared and contrasted to provide a deeper insight in the various subjects at hand.

This course focuses on the legal relations arising from charter-parties and bills of lading being the most important contractual documents used in the operation of ships and the carriage of goods by sea. 

This course focuses on the legal relations arising from charter-parties and bills of lading being the most important contractual documents used in the operation of ships and the carriage of goods by sea. 

This course focuses on the law and practice of marine insurance. Students learn about how ship-owners, charterers and cargo-owners may obtain insurance cover against typical marine risks such as loss of or damage to a ship’s hull and machinery, cargo damage and third-party liabilities. 

To enroll for the course Trademark Law it is required to have a grade higher than 8 for Intellectual Property Rights.

Erasmus Student Network Opens external (ESN) is a non-profit international student organization. Their mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.
Their main focus is placed on current exchange students. They offer help in the academic, social and practical integration process. This is mainly done through activities in the local sections, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various places within the country, film nights, language projects, international food festivals and last, but not least, parties. In addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help the international students mainly in academic and practical integration.

The Trade & Transport Law Association (TTLA) aims to involve internationally oriented students interested in the field of trade and transport. By visiting a broad spectrum of firms and companies engaged in this field they introduce students and practitioners to each other. Additionally, they offer a broad variety of social events in order to get acquainted with others that share your passion for this field of law! 


Find out where the alumni of the LL.M. programme Maritime & Transport Law ended up.

Sandra Santos

Became a Chartering Analyst at Braskem Netherlands B.V. in Rotterdam

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Ynze de Jong

Became a Senior Claims Handler at the Claims department of Willis Towers Watson

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Ana Gossain

Became a Legal Analyst for BG Freight Line BV

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Daan Komen

Became Attorney-at-law at Langelaar & Klinkhamer Advocaten

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Charalampos Nasios

Became a lawyer at Greek law firm

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Student experiences

Get inspired by the experiences of students with the LL.M. programme Maritime & Transport Law.

Aaron Nagtegaal
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