Professor, Maritime Labour Law and Policy

World Maritime University

1. Duties, responsibilities

The selected candidate for the position of Professor, Maritime Labour Law and Policy, should preferably have strong subject mastery/experience in the area of international maritime labour law and policy, as well as a proven track record of research and collaboration in capacity building. Expertise required relates both the MLC, 2006 and C.185. The incumbent will be required to teach these instruments in ways that not only raise awareness but also ensures that graduates are in a position to effectively support ratification and implementation of the provisions of the MLC, 2006 and Convention No. 185 in law and in practice. The role of the shipowners, seafarers and their organizations, classification societies, flag State inspectors and port State control officers are among the areas of expertise required. Improving the legal framework concerning maritime labour and supporting the effective implementation of the MLC, 2006 and C.185 for both shipowners and seafarers on the national, regional and global levels are the expected outcomes.

Professors are expected, under the supervision of the Vice-President (Academic) to be engaged in:

  • teaching, including engagement in the MSc teaching programs in Malmö, and other locations as needed and assigned,
  • involvement in distance education (e-learning) and Professional Development Courses (PDCs), as required,
  • mentoring of PhD and MSc students and supervision of research theses/dissertations in the maritime law and policy field,
  • scholarship in the form of publications in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, etc.,
  • the development of research projects, submission of project proposals, management of projects,
  • presentation of research findings at professional conferences and meetings,
  • service on WMU committees and work groups, and active participation in administrative, academic, and curriculum duties.

2Minimum requirements



Ph.D in law, political science or economics with expertise in maritime labour law or related field - including areas such as international labour law or employment law, public/private maritime law, immigration law, and dispute resolution in the maritime sector, flag and/or post State inspection.



  • Minimum of 10 years experience in teaching at the postgraduate level, preferably within the areas of maritime labour law, or a related maritime law field.
  • A track record in research and scholarly publication in maritime law.
  • Experience in leading/managing research projects related to the maritime law field and in 
capacity building programs for developing countries.


  • Professional experience in the maritime sector preferably at a management level
  • Experience in planning and organizing field studies for students.
  • Experience in organizing conferences and seminars and fund-raising.



  • Fluency in spoken and written English.


  • Knowledge of another UN language would be an advantage.

3. Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent communications and consultative skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a professional/academic team.
  • Effective organizational skills to manage time and priorities in teaching and administrative 
duties as appropriate.
  • Ability to act as point of contact for problems/enquiries from students in your areas of 
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and to demonstrate gender-sensitive and 
non-discriminatory behaviour and attitudes.
  • Ability to deal with administrative matters as appropriate to status and with reference to 
other colleagues within WMU. 

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Application Applicants should send a letter of interest, a complete CV, and the contact information of three referees to Marco Batista, Head of Human Resources (

Deadline for Applications: 31 October 2016.

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