IMO International Maritime Law Institute was established in 1988 by the International Maritime Organization (an agency of the United Nations). The Institute is not part of the educational system of Malta. The Institute offers four programs in international maritime law:
Short courses that are modules within the Master of Laws degree program but taken by persons not pursuing a degree.
An Advanced Diploma program (since 2005) with specialization in general, private, or public international maritime law.
A one-year (mid-September to May) Master of Laws degree program that includes taught courses, research, and field trips.
A three-year to five-year Doctor of Philosophy degree program (since January 2000) that is based on research in international maritime law.