IMO-IMLI 35th Anniversary Visit to WMU

In honour of the 35th anniversary of the IMO-IMLI International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), the World Maritime University (WMU) was pleased to welcome Professor Dr Norman A. Martínez Gutiérrez, Director of IMLI from 10-11 June. Also founded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IMLI is WMU’s sister institution and specializes in delivering  international maritime law education with special reference to IMO  regulations and procedures for the safety, security and efficiency of shipping, prevention of marine pollution from ships, and protection of life at sea.

As part of the visit, Professor Martínez delivered a lecture to the WMU Maritime Law & Policy specialization students on “Legal Drafting for Implementation of International Conventions: Considerations when Drafting Conventions -National Law Challenges—Implementation of Conventions.” The lecture examined the problems faced by States in incorporating and effectively implementing some conventions in domestic law. 

Professor Martínez also delivered a presentation to WMU faculty and staff regarding IMLI’s achievements and ongoing plans, followed by a mingle coffee reception in honor of IMLI’s anniversary. Meetings with Professor Maximo Q. Mejia, WMU President, and WMU senior management provided the opportunity to discuss pathways for collaboration between the two organizations.


Established in Malta in 1988 under an agreement concluded between the IMO and the Government of Malta, IMLI started its first programme in 1989. Its main purpose was, and remains, to train officers, principally from developing countries, in international maritime law. Over the last three decades, IMLI’s work has contributed to the establishment of a cadre of experts in international maritime law who are able to prepare, review and advise on the implementation of maritime laws and regulations.

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