WMU and IMLI welcome first MPhil programme student
September 21, 2017 - 9:05am

On 18 September, WMU and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) were delighted to welcome the first student to the joint MPhil programme in International Maritime Law & Ocean Policy. Ms Oyindamola Temitope Banjoko of Nigeria will spend the coming months at WMU, and then move on to IMLI in Malta in September 2018, with her graduation expected in May 2019. She will be able to make the most of the expertise of IMO's two specialist educational institutions, as well as forging links with the graduate networks of both institutions.

Ocean governance is ever-changing and it is critical to vigorously promote safe and sustainable ocean governance for the 21st century and beyond, as called for in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. WMU and IMLI established the two-year MPhil programme to address the increasing threats to the oceans by a number of human activities and the lack of proper governance of the waters within and beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. Issues of regulation and governance as well as fragmented international regimes add another layer of complexity that require further study.

During the first year of the MPhil programme, students attend ocean policy courses offered at WMU with a particular focus on sustainability, governance and management. The second year of studies is completed at IMLI with courses focusing on international maritime law, including law of the sea, shipping law, marine environmental law, and maritime security law. Completion of the programme requires a successful dissertation on a suitable topic, reflecting the needs and context of students’ home countries.

Applications are now open for the next intake in September 2018. For more information and to register please contact admissions@imli.org.

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