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Singapore boosts maritime law research with new initiatives

Singapore boosts maritime law research with new initiatives
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Law have established a new Centre for Maritime Law (CML) and MPA Professorship in Maritime Law.

The two initiatives are expected to boost Singapore’s expertise in maritime law research and thought leadership.

The CML, funded by MPA and the ministry of law, will spearhead maritime law research in Singapore and in the region, as well as to enhance the knowledge and expertise amongst the shipping community in Singapore. It will also support and enhance the teaching of maritime law among undergraduates and postgraduate students.

The MPA Professorship in Maritime Law was enhanced to strengthen the development of resident teaching expertise and anchor maritime legal research activities at NUS Law.

MPA has contributed an additional SGD1m ($706,000) to establish a permanent professorship, building on to an earlier SGD4m on visiting professorship programme set up in 2003.

Additionally, MPA, through the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), has set aside SGD2m to support the running of CML over five years.

Simon Chesterman, dean of NUS Faculty of Law, said: “Singapore is already a global port and a leading venue for maritime dispute resolution. Our aim is to build on that success to establish Singapore as a thought-leader in commercial maritime law issues.”

He added that the CML and MPA Professorship in Maritime Law complement the wider efforts to promote Singapore as a full-service maritime centre and ensure that its voice in commercial maritime law issues is heard.