Marine Insurance

The details
Essex Law School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
28 March 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M22E12 Maritime Law,
LLM M22E24 Maritime Law

Module description

The contract of Marine Insurance is one of the backbone contracts in the international trade and commercial transactions. It is closely connected to international sale of goods contracts, contracts for carriage of goods by sea and international trade finance. This module covers the formation and different types of marine insurance contracts, the London markets on the practice of insurance, the key legal concepts involved in marine insurance and the reform of insurance law that has been undertaken in the UK.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • Tto consider the main legal principles set out in the codifying legislation of the Marine Insurance Act 1906, the major changes introduced by the Insurance Act 2015 and the development of English case law in the key areas of insurance law.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Obtain great depth of knowledge on fundamental principles of marine insurance law.

  2. Demonstrate understanding of the main policies and values underpinning.

  3. Solve complex practical problems by applying insurance rules and principles.

  4. Understand, evaluate and criticise existing debate and research.

  5. Independently research, organise and manage research using available primary and secondary sources.

Module information

Indicative Syllabus

  • Introduction

  • Formation of marine insurance contracts

  • Insurable interest

  • Fair presentation of risks

  • Warranties

  • Cover

  • Marine Risks

  • Causation

  • Losses

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Weekly 2-hour seminars.

The module teaching team will upload all relevant teaching materials on Moodle. You will find reading lists, the textbook, weekly handouts or PPS notes on Moodle. The materials in question are designed both to help you navigate the material to be covered in the seminars and to equip you to analyse the required readings. You will be expected to have completed the required readings in advance of your seminars.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lijie Song, email: lijie.song@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Lijie Song



External examiner

Prof Duncan Sheehan
University of Leeds
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Law School

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