Basic Principles of Maritime Law

ASBA Online Certificate Course

Maritime Law is one of the world’s oldest bodies of law and regulates the business of shipping and trade.  This course offers a practical and enjoyable understanding of this unique body of law and will enable you to better serve your principals and/or customers in a competitive environment. 

All materials for the course are included in the tuition.

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Admiralty Jurisdiction: General Considerations
The Sources of Maritime Law
Common and Private Carriage of Goods
Bills of Lading: Applicable Laws, Function and Use
The Maritime Law as applied to freight forwarders, agents, and other transport intermediaries
Maritime Liens, Nature, Creation, and Acquisition
Securing Claims (Rule B attachment and Rule C arrest)
Limitation of Liability
General Average and Salvage
Seamen and Passengers
Marine Insurance Law
Towage and Pilotage
International Conventions
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Additional topics of interest


This course is 100% online via THINKIFIC. You do not need to access the internet every day, but you should be able to access it routinely.  Each student selects his/her own time for reviewing the written materials and audio MP3 lectures. Online questions and discussions are encouraged.

Students remain engaged and participate throughout. An “open book” course project will be administered towards the end of the course.

ASBA will award a Certificate upon successful completion of all coursework and the course project.

Professor Jeffrey A. Weiss

Professor Weiss is a full-time professor at the State University of New York, Maritime College and currently teaches courses in maritime law, charter parties, the business of shipping, marine insurance, international commercial transactions, among others. He has taught at other institutions and courses at the request of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, the United Nations, and the U.S. Navy.

Professor Weiss has taught courses offered by A.S.B.A. both live and via the internet for many years.

Professor Weiss is also an attorney and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Many years ago, Professor Weiss served onboard various American merchant ships as a deck officer.  He has also worked shore side in the business of shipping.

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