Malta Maritime Law Association

Maritime House,
Lascaris Wharf,   Valletta   VLT 1921
(+356) 2725 0320
(+356) 2125 0320

The Malta Maritime Law Association (MMLA) is a non-profit making, voluntary organization which was set up in 1994 with the aim to promote the study and advancement of Maritime Law and its administration. The MMLA assists in the unification of maritime and mercantile law and practice of different nations. Even though a law association, the MMLA is composed of members from the various sectors in the maritime environment and thus provides a forum for the discussion of topical matters in the maritime field.

The MMLA reflects a high degree of maritime legal expertise, also through its affiliation with the Comité Maritime International (CMI), the oldest international organization in the maritime field formally established in 1897 in Antwerp. Through the participation of the MMLA, Malta is represented at high profile CMI meetings and can make its voice heard at the negotiating and drafting table of very important international maritime legal instruments. In 2014, Dr. Ann Fenech has been nominated and elected to the CMI Executive Council. This is the first time that a Maltese person has been elected to this highly prestigious international body.

With its expertise the Association plays a key role in ensuring that the Maltese maritime legislative and regulatory infrastructure is constantly updated, revised, and improved in a pro-active and well researched manner, in order to enhance qualitative standards as well as to further consolidate Malta’s pre-eminent position as an international maritime service centre.

Instrumental in this context is the Maritime Law Advisory Council (MLAC) which was set up in 2002 as the result of an agreement between the MMLA and the then Malta Maritime Authority. Established as a research and development agency, the MLAC acts as a consultant and advisor to the Merchant Shipping Directorate and fosters channels of communication between government and industry. 

With the aim to establish itself as a real debating society, the MMLA regularly organizes seminars and study workshops lending itself as a forum of discussion on topical issues in the maritime legal context. 


Press Releases / Articles:

New Frontiers in the Maritime Environment Law Sector
Seminar on Developing Trends in Ship Finance
Seminar organised by the Malta Maritime Law Association regarding shipping and Irregular Migration
Invitation to a seminar on the Maritime Labour Convention
Invitation to a Study Workshop on The Amelia Cacace

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