Welcome to the Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies

The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at UKZN’s Howard College campus, is a strategic research and knowledge initiative through its close proximity to the most active general cargo port and the most extensive port-ancillary maritime “Cluster” in the southern hemisphere. 

Established in 2012, the Unit is located within the School of Law, one of the largest contact law schools in South Africa. Through its multi-disciplinary approach, strong collaboration with the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) and research interactions with other disciplines at the University, the Unit consolidates an amalgam of diverse and value-adding maritime offerings, making it one of the most unique in South Africa and on the African continent. 

Principal areas of teaching excellence at postgraduate level range from maritime law, maritime transport, port economics and customs and excise. 

Through leveraging its intellectual assets and its relationships with key stakeholders in the maritime sector, the Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies aspires to be the leading knowledge institute for maritime-related studies on the African continent. 

 

The Unit boasts an impressive array of value-adding relations with key stakeholders within the maritime sector. These include:
  • Maritime Law Association (MLA);
  • eThekweni Maritime Cluster (EMC);
  • National Ports Regulator (PRSA);
  • S A Association of Ship Operators & Agents (SAASOA);
  • National Department of Transport (“Operation Phakisa”);
  • International Bunker Association (IBIA)
  • South African Revenue Service (SARS).



Professor Trevor Jones
     

Professor Trevor Jones is head of Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at University of KwaZulu-Natal.Trevor Jones research output is directed principally at the maritime sector. Major works include two technical reports for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, a monograph on the economic role of Durban port, a co-authored book on the ports of sub-Saharan Africa and several journal articles. He has undertaken consulting work for the Department of Transport, the South African Shipowners Association, the Durban Unicity authority and Transnet. He was a member of several national policy-making fora, such as the maritime transport sub-committee of the former Transport Advisory Council and the Maritime Transport Policy Working Group that provided specialist input to the Ministry of Transport in shaping the country's current transport legislation.



  News
  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Academic contributes to Maritime Economics on a Global Scale

    Mr Sanele Gumede at the international Maritime Transport and Ports Conference in China.

    [15 Aug, 2016] Maritime Economics Researcher, Mr Sanele Gumede is part of an international Maritime Transport and Ports special interest group which sees researchers and scholars deliberate and exchange ideas on maritime issues with the aim of growing the global economy.

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  • Researcher Promoting Maritime Economy in Academia and Political Arena

    Mr Ayanda Meyiwa.

    [01 July, 2016] A paper contributing to the development of South Africa’s maritime sector has led to School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Development Lecturer Mr Ayanda Meyiwa’s work being accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Economic and Financial Sciences.

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  • Prestigious Maritime Law Scholarship for Law Graduate

    Ms Siphosakhe Phakathi.

    [02 June, 2016] LLB graduate Ms Siphosakhe Phakathi is the first recipient of the newly established Steven Wallace Scholarship aimed at individuals who are studying to become legal practitioners in the field of Maritime Law.

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  • Building Bridges - University of Hull and UKZN’s Maritime Unit

    Delegates at the recent meeting held at UKZN’s Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies.

    [12 Sep, 2016] School of Management, Information Technology and Governance academic Ms Lindiwe Kunene recently formed part of a delegation of young African entrepreneurs, researchers and government officials who participated in the Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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  • Maritime Studies Transforms Lives of Young Women

    Ms Mbhalenhle Mbhele and Ms Zesuliwe Zondo raising the bar for women in the maritime sector.

    [18 May, 2016]Two young Black women who graduated with Postgraduate Diplomas in Maritime Studies from UKZN were unanimous in their praise of the field of study.

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  • Postgraduate Diploma for Aspiring Maritime Economist

    Ms Sikhulile Gama.

    [18 May, 2016] Ms Sikhulile Gama’s dream of becoming a maritime economist may soon become a reality after being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies.

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  • Contribute to knowledge in the Maritime Sector

    eThekwini Maritime Cluster CEO, Ms Thato Tsautse, Professor Trevor Jones and Dr Henrietta van Niekerk from Clarksons Shipbrokers, London.

    [1 March, 2016] Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Director, Professor Trevor Jones, delivered a presentation titled ‘The port of Durban: Economic effectiveness of a “full service” smart port & port city’ at the 1st Annual Maritime Summit held at the Durban ICC from 24-26 February.

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  • Operation Phakisa Group meets as the Maritime Unity

    Left to right: Chair of the Maritime Transport Skills Working Group and Head of Maritime Studies at CPUT, Professor Ed Synders, Ms Nwabisa Matoti, from the SA International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) and Professor Trevor Jones.

    [1 March, 2016] The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies hosted a meeting of the Maritime Transport Skills Working Group of the high-level ‘Operation Phakisa’ on 25 February.

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  Events
  Programmes
   
  • LLM in Maritime Law The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers a unique and highly specialised Masters programme in Maritime Law.Applications are invited from candidates who wish to specialise in this dynamic field

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies The Unit of Maritime Law and Marime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers a specialised Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies that focuses on Shipping Law, Maritime Economics and Customs and Excise.

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    Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN)offers a specialised Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies with a strong focus on Shopping Law, Maritime Ecenomic and Customes and Excise

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    Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Studies
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