About the Centre for Maritime Studies

Centre for Maritime Studies was launched on 23rd October, 2019, under the banner of Raffles University’s Raffles Law Schools. The Internal Container Depot being located at a stone’s throw from the University in Bawal (Haryana) and others in Delhi, Haryana, and U.P., leads one to believe that today the Maritime Trade is not from port to port but from Warehouses to Ports. 21st Century is said to be a Maritime Century.

Oceans are a huge reservoir of resources that control the development and sustainability of all economies right across the globe and India is not an exception as here also seas and ocean are central to India’s economic growth and have been pivotal for its transformed strategic profile in the 21st Century. This is best understood by the growing Sea Trade (90% by Volume and 70% by value is carried on board ships) recognition of the importance of port led development (SAGARMALA) and sustainable development of marine resources and services (Blue Economy) for inclusive.

This seminal maritime vision and practice is vulnerable to a number of challenges, which attract regulatory and legal response both at the National and International levels.

The National Legal Framework as also the associated human resource has to keep pace with the maritime vision and address the glaring gaps for timely and successful adjudication. Besides the infrastructure is weak resulting in many lawsuits being adjudicated in International Arbitration Centers in countries outside India majorly in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and even Sri Lanka.

Blue Economy which according to World Bank is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the health of ocean eco system. The Blue Economy is offering newer prospects that transcend the traditional sectors and requires deeper legal understanding of the environment-ecology-socio-economic matrix.

Likewise, underwater digital-energy-electricity highways are posing new legal challenges for sea floor management. Realizing the growing need for strengthening the existing knowledge base taking into account the most contemporary developments, the CMS has been established.


The Centre would promote the Teaching, Research, Training and Extension Activities in the area concerning the Law of the Sea, Maritime Trade and Practices, Maritime Safety, Maritime Insurance, Marine Environment and Polices, and Maritime Labour linked with the others non land lock region in India and the coastal region in India for the enhancement of the shipping and maritime clusters.

  • To become the Centre of Excellence for Maritime Studies in India.
  • To provide excellent platform for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Teaching, Research and Trainings.
  • To create a network with other institutions and organizations for Teaching, Training and Research.
  • To become the Centre for Capacity Building in the subject of Maritime Affairs.
Message from Center Head:

Welcome to Centre for Maritime Studies, Raffles law School, Raffles University!

Welcome to the Center for Maritime Studies. This Specialized Centre has been set up for Maritime Legal Studies as also for pursuing research in legal dimension of new maritime issues.

The maritime domain is under transformation offering newer opportunities in terms of goods and services, led by technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robot, Drones, etc. are overwhelming the way maritime world conducts its business and operations.

The Centre for Maritime Studies offers One Year Program in Maritime Law and Law of the Sea along with introduction of the subject to undergraduate level.

On 12th December, 2019, the Centre for Maritime Studies has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with National Maritime Foundation (NMF), which is India’s Sole Think-Tank, established by Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, for the enhancement of collaborative and policy based research oriented works and to provide the professional training to the policy makers, Capacity Building and various stakeholders in maritime domain.

The Centre for Maritime Studies organized National Capacity Building Workshop on the 1st & 2nd of February 2020, on the Subject, “ Law of the Sea & Admiralty Law, Maritime Trade, Technology & Security, Concerns for Professionals & Students”.

Best Wishes!

Contact Us:

Head of the Center: Mr. Aditya Pratap Singh

Email: adityapratap.singh@rafflesuniversity.edu.in

For more information:

Workshop on Law of Sea, Click here

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