Master of Laws in the Prevention and Suppression of International Crime at Sea

Master of Laws in the Prevention and Suppression of International Crime at Sea

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Course title Master of Laws in the Prevention and Suppression of International Crime at Sea
Course code PMLPVSFTT0
Postnominal LL.M.
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Patricia Vella de Fremeaux
Delivered by Faculty of Laws
This programme of study is a Joint Master's degree between the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta and the Department of Law at the University of Ferrara.

The students will be able to learn a new topic which they would not have studied in their undergraduate studies thereby applying their knowledge to a new area of the law. They will, in particular, acquire understanding of the law related to the prevention and suppression of international crime at sea and international law dealing with transnational and international crime at sea.

The first two taught study-units are intended to develop the student’s intellectual faculties with the dissertation component assisting them to carry out academic research and apply it to the writing of a dissertation, the other taught study-unit will focus on practical issues which will assist the students to have a hands on experience and develop key skills by learning from the experience of people in the field who will adopt more of a practical approach to complement the academic training garnered in the taught and dissertation study-units.

Further information about this course is available on the University of Ferrara, Department of Law website. Please click here to access the website.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree in Law or any other area of study which the Board considers as appropriate, provided that the first cycle degree is obtained with at least Second Class Honours or Category II, or an equivalent qualification, from the University or from another higher education institution recognized by Senate.

Applicants not in possession of a degree in Law shall also be required to satisfy the Board that they are in possession of professional experience in an environment related to crime at sea.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 40 students.

If there are more eligible applicants than there are available places, applications shall be evaluated on the basis of the criteria as agreed by the Partner Institutions and published at the time of the call for applications.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 8,000

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 8,000
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By the end of the programme, the student should be able to:

1. Assess the impact, consequences and effects that crime at sea habitually cause at national, regional and international levels;
2. Promote the prevention, suppression and punishment of crime at sea;
3. Communicate matters concerning crime at sea, effectively and in multi-professional and multi-cultural contexts, including in public international fora;
4. Master principles of International Criminal Law which could be legitimately used to curb crimes, whilst keeping in mind limitations/restrictions emanating from International Human Rights Law and other rules and principles of International Law;
5. Detect the instances when the International Law of the Sea, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law are triggered;
6. Critically evaluate the corpus juris of International Law of the Sea, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, integrating them when and if possible;
7. Engage in a due diligence exercise by objectively assessing facts, evidence and circumstances;
8. Acknowledge that mechanisms used to curb crime should adhere to International Human Rights Law;
9. Appraise the best way to engage within negotiations at various levels, including at ministerial, governmental and inter-governmental level, concerning issues related to the fight against international crime at sea;
10. Employ appropriate tools and techniques to mediate and to solve disputes between the relative stakeholders;
11. Attain knowledge in the application of practical application of rules to suppress and prevent international crime at sea;
12. Demonstrate knowledge and research skills in a multi-disciplinary fashion with an eye to devising policies, infrastructures and systems – be they national, regional and/or international – intended to curb crime at sea;
13. Gain practical skills in order to effectively address and combat international crime at sea.

Continuing to the full Masters degree, the student will also be able to:

14. Undertake in-depth research on a particular area of interest covered by the syllabus aimed at contributing to a better and deeper understanding of the issues.
15. Establish data-banks which collect relevant information to the subjects covered by the syllabus, and in particular, the selected research area.
16. Attain skills to identify the relevant and authoritative academic journals and professional sources thereby applying the knowledge gained to a selected topic of research.
17. Attain knowledge which will enable students to participate in international deliberations and academic fora.
This course is aimed at international, regional and national organisations officers involved in the prevention and suppression of international crime at sea. It is also of interest to students who wish to continue their studies in the field of international maritime security.
These skills will be an asset to employability with the forces of law and order and international organisations that have a particular responsibility in the prevention and suppression of international crime at sea.

In so far as students who are already in employment with the forces of law and order and international organisations, this will enhance their knowledge in the area they are called to enforce, providing them with professional development and better future career prospects, including opportunities for promotion and self-development.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 28 January 2021

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