Maritime Institute

The Maritime Institute (MI) is a research institute of Ghent University with its roots in the Faculty of Law.

Research focus is on international law of the sea, international and European environmental law and biodiversity law, sustainable management of the North Sea, offshore renewable energy, protection of natural marine heritage and underwater heritage, deep seabed mining, protected marine areas, marine spatial planning and integrated coastal zone management.

Within the scope of environmental law, particular attention is paid to pollution from ships, marine nature protection, fresh water law and climate change law.

Research at MI-UGent is often of a multidisciplinary nature due to the collaboration with other research groups of Ghent University (marine biologists, bio-engineers, marine geographers, environmental economists: see Marine@UGent).

The institute is also internationally known for its participation in European projects, as well as for cooperation with many other European research institutes.



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NEW - Master of Science in Maritime Science

The Master of Science in Maritime Science – an inter-university programme created by both Ghent University (UGent) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), taught in English and only accessible for students who already have a Master degree – will be organized for the first time during the academic year 2015-2016.

Applications for 2016-2017 for those who do not require a visa are open until 30/09/2016.

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Maritime Institute
Universiteitstraat 4
9000 Ghent
Tel: +32 9 264 68 97
Fax: +32 9 264 69 98
VAT: BE0248.015.142

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