The regulation of maritime shipping is complex. At any one time, a number of different States may have some kind of interest in a particular ship, and those who work on that ship. This legal framework can span international, regional and national laws, and can cross disciplines such as maritime, labour, human rights, criminal and environmental law. There can be conflicts of laws and there are unique challenges in the enforcement of laws for those who operate in an industry where there is often functional separation of ownership, operation and regulation.
SRI was launched at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization of the United Nations by the then Secretary-General, Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, on World Maritime Day in the Year of the Seafarer, 23 September 2010. Today it operates at the heart of the shipping industry, offering all sectors of the maritime community impartial high-quality legal and policy research in regulatory and operational issues of concern to the maritime industry.
To conduct strategic research in support of an efficient and fair maritime industry and the decent employment of seafarers.