Civil liability in the era of maritime autonomous surface ships

Closing Date

30th June 2020*

Applicants should contact the primary supervisor, and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Application as soon as possible.

*unless filled earlier

The Research Project

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) are attracting increasing attention and interest from all stakeholders in the global maritime community. While advocates of MASS remain optimistic about the benefits of MASS including safety improvement, cost reduction and environmental friendliness, significant regulatory gaps exist to deal with MASS-introduced risks that may not be adequately addressed by the current regulatory framework. Among the issues related to the regulatory framework, civil liability in the era of MASS is a common concern to many stakeholders in the global maritime community. The project aims to identify the regulatory gaps in re-defining civil liability under MASS and develop an integrated framework to clarify civil liability of parties involved in MASS. In doing so, industrial codes of practices relevant to MASS will be critically examined as to their effectiveness and appropriateness.


Essential Skills

  • Understanding of IMO Conventions, Codes and Regulations
  • Understanding of civil liability in the maritime context
  • Good communication skill
  • Good analytical skill

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge about maritime autonomous surface ships
  • Graduated with an LLB or an LLM degree from a recognised university with distinction or with First-class Honours
  • Had academic publishing experiences

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Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

More Information

Please contact, Jiangang Fei for further information.