Maritime & Transport Law

Master Commercial Law

Mayra Gonzalez, Mexico

"The programme in Maritime and Transport Law has provided me with strong knowledge of English and Dutch law. This in combination with my knowledge of Spanish speaking legal systems have provided me with the tools to be able to analyse contracts in several languages and jurisdictions. My current job entails writing and reviewing contracts from western European and Latin American countries. Furthermore, the master at the Erasmus School of Law provided me with a good opportunity to meet people from all over the world."


Unique LL.M. focused on the legal aspects of shipping and the transportation of goods.

The comprehensive programme ‘Maritime and Transport Law’, a specialisation of the LL.M. in Commercial Law, provides you with thorough, in-depth knowledge of the dynamic world of maritime and transport law. The Erasmus University is located in Rotterdam: Rotterdam is by far the largest seaport of Europe and one of the largest logistic and industrial hubs of the world. Studying at Erasmus School of Law, means studying where the action is!  

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 special focus? 

Throughout the Master Programme, aspects of maritime & 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 programme 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 the tackling of these problems.

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