About IMLI

The IMO International Maritime Law Institute is a world recognized centre for the training of specialists in international maritime law. Special emphasis is given to international regulations adopted by the International Maritime Organization. The Institute provides suitably qualified candidates, particularly from developing countries, with high-level facilities for advanced training, study and research in international maritime law.

Prospective Students

Our students thrive in a demanding academic atmosphere and experience an inter-cultural dialogue at the Institute, located on the premises of the University of Malta, a country blessed by a mild and congenial Mediterranean climate. Get a peek of life and learning, explore our programs and facilities, and find out all you need to know about applying to IMLI.

Programmes and Courses

IMLI offers different programmes of study ranging from short courses to a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in International Maritime Law. The main purpose of the programmes is to train legal advisers in relevant areas of international maritime law, including the law of the sea, marine environmental law and shipping law.

IMLI Governing Bodies

The Institute acknowledges the contribution and guidance received from its Governing Board and Committees. The members of these bodies are appointed on a broad geographical basis with due regard to the major legal systems of the world and on the basis of their outstanding expertise in the field of international maritime law.


Mr. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization


Maritime Law Treaties and Documents