Along with the development of the maritime industry in the Philippines, Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MARLAWPh ) was established in 1982 which aimed, among others, to maintain the highest ethical standards in the practice of maritime law. MARLAW was formed to address the need for an organization, which will help spur progress in the legal practice of maritime sector and advance the interest of the maritime profession and the maritime industry as a whole in the Philippines.
Its formal organization in 1982 was timely because at the time new maritime concerns were surfacing. Bareboat chartering was an alternative to increase local ships and the shipowners had found the Philippines a crewing haven. Freight forwarding business started to grow. Ships were venturing into containerization. MARLAW membership later grew to cover other areas of practice like crew claims, salvage, territorial jurisdiction disputes, academe, and the public sector.
Through the years, various activities are organized to foster closer fellowship among MARLAW members and friends, by way of advocacy, education, dissemination of information and sponsorship of relevant seminars. MARLAW organized fund-raising projects to augment MARLAW funds needed to carry out its objective of promoting and advancing the interests of various players in the Philippine Maritime Industry,
Now on its 35th year, MARLAW grew with maritime lawyers taking pride that they have formed and become part of an organization that serves not only their interest, but the greater interest of the common good.