The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has partnered with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS’) law faculty to establish the Centre for Maritime Law (CML) and MPA Professorship in Maritime Law.
The establishments aim to boost Singapore’s expertise in maritime law research and thought leadership.
CML will spearhead maritime law research in Singapore and in the region, as well as enhance the knowledge and expertise among the shipping community in Singapore.
In addition, CML, which is NUS’ sixth research centre, will lend support and enhance the teaching of maritime law among undergraduates and postgraduate students.
The MPA Professorship acts to strengthen the development of resident teaching expertise and anchor maritime legal research activities at NUS’ law faculty. The programme was built on the earlier SGD4 million (USD2.8 million) MPA visiting professorship programme that was set up in 2003 at the faculty to enable overseas academia to conduct courses for NUS law students and members of the Singapore maritime community.
Furthermore, MPA has contributed SGD1 million to establish a permanent professorship and set aside additional SGD2 million through the Singapore Maritime Institute to facilitate the day-to-day running of CML over five years.
“The launch of the Centre for Maritime Law and the 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,” said NUS law faculty dean Simon Chesterman.
CML will organise seminars, conferences, and symposiums to engage the institutions with maritime community, enhancing the reputation of Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC) in the process.
MPA chief executive Andrew Tan welcomes the proposed activities planned by CML, as he recognised the need of “strong pool of maritime legal expertise” that would help develop Singapore into a leading maritime legal and arbitration centre.