Since their launch in 2000, the LLM degrees offered by the School of Law of Swansea University in international shipping, trade and commercial law have attained an enviable international reputation.

In 2008, industry leader Ince & Co, which has long had a strong relationship with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) at Swansea University, introduced an annual prize for the student who achieves the highest grade in the taught element of any of the LLM Programmes. In keeping with the close links between Ince & Co and the IISTL, the Ince Prize is awarded for work that has a direct connection with that undertaken by the firm. 

The winner of the Ince Prize for the academic year 2012/13 was Mr Peter Rombaut. Pieter was presented with his award by one of the firms partners, Ted Graham, at a ceremony held at their London office on 12 July 2013. Pieter originally hails from Belgium and is currently completing our LLM in International Maritime Law. Pieter was a part of the Swansea Mooting Team which displayed an extraordinary performance during the 14th International Maritime Arbitration Moot Competition and has already secured a position in one of the leading law firms in Antwerp.   

LLM Prize July 2013 Photo: LLM Student Receives Prestigious Ince & Co   Award

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Graham wished Pieter every success in his future endeavours and commended the LLM Programmes at Swansea University on their successful mixture of academic rigour and practical orientation. Professor Baris Soyer, Director of Swansea LLM Programmes, emphasised that role that the Ince Prize plays in motivating LLM students at Swansea and thanked Ince & Co for their efforts in promoting further links between practice and academia.