Specialist Degree in Maritime Law

Submission of applications:
Start: November 1, 2021
End: October 14, 2022

1 year (Full-time study)

Openday CiD ICADE:
Thursday 03/03/2022 (06:00 pm.)
Thursday 12/05/2022 (06:00 pm.)

Credits 30 ECTS

In today's world, legal services in the maritime sector are vital from the moment an agreement is made to build a new ship. Detailed knowledge of agreements regarding shipbuilding and vessel use is vital. A firm understanding of the legislation applicable to seizure, collision, maritime salvage, etc. is also very important.

Thanks to its strategic and advantageous location, Spain offers Law graduates excellent opportunities for working in the legal area of the marine sector.

This course responds to the growing global need for legal specialization in the field of maritime law. It is broadly aimed at the set of institutions that are involved in this specialist branch.

Taught by professionals from the world of maritime law, this course offers students a comprehensive overview of all the areas mentioned above.

Degree title

Private Specialist Degree in Maritime Law at Comillas Pontifical University.

Who is the program intended for?

The program is designed for Law graduates, professionals from the shipping sector and anyone looking to develop a specialism in maritime law.

Application period.

From November 1, 2021 to October 14, 2022.

Information about the documentation to submit


Monday–Thursday, 17:30–21:30


300 hours. One academic year.

Classes begin

October 17, 2022



Alumni are entitled to a 10% discount applicable to the final installment.


Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE
Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid


C/Alberto Aguilera 23, 28015 Madrid
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Successfully completing this program, together with the Specialist Degree in Maritime Business and the End of Course Project, gives access to the Master's Degree in Maritime Law and Business.


To provide participants with a specialism in the field of maritime law, in areas such as legal subjects in the shipping sector, the legal status of vessels, maritime insurance law and the different types of agreement for use of vessels.

By the end of the course, students will have gained a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of maritime law, equipping them to work professionally in this field.


Case Method

The case method is used throughout the course as a learning tool through which real situations will be analyzed and debated between speakers and participants.

Visits to places of interest

During the course, students will have the opportunity to visit companies and institutions that are involved in marine activity.

Student support

At the start of the course, each student will receive a portable device to use throughout the course in order to maximize productivity.

In addition, all the documents required to follow the course and to work on the proposed case studies will be available online throughout the course (conferences, policies, legislation, glossary, etc.).


Assessment will be based on participation, ability to resolve case studies, grades obtained during the course and attendance.

The Specialist (Program) in Maritime Law will be awarded to all students with a minimum attendance of 85% and who pass the tests taken during the course.



  • Concept and sources of maritime law
  • Sea Law applied to navigation
  • Administrative organization of navigation
  • Port law: administration, services and tariffs
  • Administrative infractions and sanctions
  • Sanctions in marine pollution 
  • Notions of fishing law
  • Basic shipping English law


  • IMO Conventions and EU Directives
  • Vessel safety: SOLAS, SFV and IMO Code
  • Pollution prevention: MARPOL, OPCR, BWM and AFS
  • European legislation on maritime safety and pollution
  • Navigation Safety in Marine Traffic Regulation
  • International code of safety (ISM)
  • Inspection and certification of vessels. Maritime incidents investigation
  • Port State control
  • Maritime security: ports and ships
  • Piracy protection: private security on board


  • Owner, operator, disponent owner
  • Ship managers
  • Master, officers and crew, public regulations
  • STCW requirements: training, nationality, crew and functions 
  • Seafaring agreements
  • Organization assisting ships ashore: agents, broker, etc
  • Liability of classification societies


  • Concept, nature and ways of acquisition
  • Registration and flagging of vessel
  • Ship public registration
  • Shipbuilding contract
  • Sale & purchase contract
  • Privileged maritime credits
  • Maritime mortgages


  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Bare boat contract
  • Leasing contract
  • Time charter contract
  • Voyage contract
  • Passenger transport contract
  • Towage contract
  • Multi-modal transport contract
  • Rotterdam rules
  • Pilotage contract
  • Loading and unloading contract


  • Introduction, classification and sources
  • Rules for the prevention of collision
  • Uniform system of buoys and beacons
  • SAR, OPCR and VTS organization in Spain
  • Maritime salvage
  • General average
  • Collision at sea
  • Liability global limitation
  • Civil liability for oil pollution damages at sea: CLC, Fund Bunkers, HNS Conventions
  • Shipwreck: property, extractions and removals
  • Civil liability for damages due to hazardous and noxious substances at sea


  • Introduction to marine insurance
  • Marine insurance contract; concepts, elements and basic principles
  • Rights and obligations in the insurance contract
  • Hull & machinery insurance
  • Risks covered in goods transport by sea insurance
  • Special coverages
  • P&I Clubs
  • Stowaway


  • International legal competency
  • Arrest of ships
  • Voluntary jurisdiction
  • Arbitration, conciliation, mediation and other procedures




  • The role of accounting in Shipping Business
  • The balance sheet and the profit and loss account. Introduction to maritime economy
  • Accounting Spanish principals and rules: PGC
  • International accounting
  • Introduction to financial mathematics
  • Ship finance
  • Tax Lease-Tonnage Tax
  • Analysis of balance sheets, ratios
  • Financial position of shipping companies
  • Investment analysis
  • Evaluation of companies
  • Valuation of ships estimates
  • Strategy: business plan
  • Reporting: audit opinion
  • Insolvency acts
  • Business ethics


  • Direction of teams and individuals
  • Staff selection
  • Effective presentation
  • Decision making
  • Introduction to I+D+I
  • Quality control,ism code
  • Leadership 
  • Operative excellency and high seed supply chains
  • Risk management


  • Introduction to marketing. Concepts, functions, tools
  • Paradigms and new tendencies in marketing
  • Customer service and loyalty
  • Industrial marketing
  • Consumer marketing
  • Services marketing
  • Mixed marketing
  • Commercial strategy: sales force
  • Marketing plan


  • Business ethics


José Luis Gabaldón


  • Remigio Abad Sánchez
    Director de Marketing de Empresas de Endesa
  • Manuel Alba Fernández
    Profesor de la Universidad Carlos III
  • Pablo Albert Albert
    Director Legal BDO Auditores
  • Eduardo Albors Méndez
    S.F. de Albors Galiano Portales
  • José Mª Alcántara González
    Abogado Maritimista
  • Javier Arias-Camisón Buendía
    Abogado Malcom Law
  • Jesús Barbadillo Eyzaguirre
    Counsel y Responsable de la Industria de Trasnportes y Marítimo
    Garrigues Abogados y Asesores Tributarios
  • Carlos Bretos Valdepeñas
    Jefe de la Unidad de Procedimientos Sancionadores del Ministerio de Fomento, DGMM
  • Alfredo Cabellos Ballenilla
    Socio/Partner Watson Farley & Williams Spain, S.L.
  • Manuel Carlier de Lavalle
    Director General de ANAVE
  • Carmen Caro
    Consultant International Operations Catenon Group
  • Carlos Castro López
    Forest Partners
  • Carmen Codes
    Abogado en Goñi & Co. Abogados
  • Alfredo de la Torre Prados
    Doctor Ingeniero Naval
  • Silvia Domínguez Pinto
    Gerente BDO Auditores
  • Marcos Duato
    Director Marketing & Business Development
    Flota Suardíaz
  • Javier Fuertes Pérez
    Profesor del Departamento de Gestión Empresarial de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas
  • José Luis Gabaldón García
    Doctor en Derecho
    Capitán de la Marina Mercante
  • Javier Garat Pérez
    Secretario General de la
    Confederación Española de Pesca
  • Juan Ramón García Notario
    Socio de Lama & García Notario
  • Luis Miguel Guérez Roig
    Subdirector General de Normativa Marítima y Cooperación Internacional del Ministerio de Fomento, DGMM
  • Pablo Guevara Martínez
    Capitán de la Marina Mercante
  • Javier Hernández Valenciano
    Abogado Thomas Cooper
  • Carlos López-Quiroga Tejeiro
    Socio Uría y Menéndez
  • Julio López Quiroga
    Socio Avante Legal
  • Carlos Llorente
  • Carlos López Rueda
    Prof. Asociado de la Universidad Carlos III
  • Joaquín Maceiras Saborido
    Dirección de Operaciones SASEMAR
  • Sebastián Mata y Galán
    Gerente de Iberseguros
  • Víctor Mata Garrido
    Abogado de Thomas Cooper
  • José Mazarrasa Loring
    Director de Mediterranean Shipping Company Madrid
  • Francisco Joaquín Montero Llacer
    Capitán de la Marina Mercante. Doctor en CC del Mar
  • Jose Luis Montes Giménez
    Socio Director de Quazur
  • Javier Otegui Apraiz
    Capitánd e la Marina Mercante
  • Manuel Palao Lechuga
    Jefe de inspección operativa del
    Ministerio de Fomento, DGMM
  • Alfredo Pardo de Santayana
    Presidente Instituto Marítimo Español
  • Gerardo Polo Sánchez
    Catedrático emérito de la Escuela Técnica
    Superior de Ingenieros Navales
  • Javier Portales Rodríguez
    Socio de Albors Galiano Portales
  • Cristina del Río Díaz de Espada
    Responsable de Siniestros Marine RSA
  • Marta Romero Escudero
  • Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Portanet
    Socio de Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Felix Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
    Socio de Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Fernando Ruiz-Gálvez Villaverde
    Socio de Ruiz Gálvez Abogados
  • Bernardo Ruiz Lima
    Socio de Thomas Cooper
  • Ángel Vallejo Chamorro
    Socio y Director Dpto. Shipping Maio Abogados
  • Carlos Vázquez García-Machichena
    Business Development Manager Michael Else
  • Roberto Veguillas Pérez
    Responsable Innovación Tecnológica Unidad Renovables Iberdrola
  • Esther Zarza Álvarez
    Abogado Asesores Marítimos Reunidos

Other ICADE Business School master's degrees: Official Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA), Official Executive Master's Degree in Business Management (Executive MBA), Official Master's Degree in International Management (MIM), Official Master's Degree in Human Resources (MURH), Official Master's Degree in Marketing (MMKT), Official Master's Degree in Finance (MUF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Risk Management (MUGRF), Official Master's Degree in Financial Statement Auditing and Advanced Accounting (MUACCS), Master in International Industrial Project Management (MDIPI), Master in Business Administration-Executive (La Rioja)


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