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