Introduction to Maritime Law (5196LAW)

As an island nation and fifth largest user of shipping, over 95% of Australia's international trade in goods are carried by sea. This course introduces students to foundational elements of maritime law. Beginning with an overview of Australia's admiralty jurisdiction, it proceeds to an understanding of issues pertaining to, admiralty procedure and remedy of arrest of ships, admiralty claims, registration and ownership of ships in Australia. Students will also be introduced to some comparative aspects in the law and practice of Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong, as well as with reference to English common law. The course then unpacks Australian law governing international carriage of goods by sea and the relevance and impact of international treaties such as the Hague/Visby Rules. The second part of the course is designed to provide a thorough foundation of the law dealing with voyage and time charter parties, marine insurance, collision, salvage and towage of ships. It considers the regime of limitation of liability for shipowners including its effect on forum selection. Finally, topical issues involving a critical overview of the limits of Australia's sovereignty beyond territorial waters and Australia's influence in the High Seas under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea are canvassed. By the end of the course, students will develop an appreciation for the national and international legislative frameworks that govern Australia's shipping industry. Prerequisites Bachelor of Laws students: 1029LAW Contracts 1 OR 1014LAW Contracts and Civil Obligations 1; 1030LAW Contracts 2 OR 1015LAW Contracts and Civil Obligations 2. Prerequisites Juris Doctor students: Nil.

Course study information

Credit points (awarded)

10 (10)

Study level


Student contribution band

Band 3

Usually available

Gold Coast Semester 2Gold Coast Trimester 3

Course offerings and timetables


Key dates

Course start date
29 October 2018
Last day to add a course
28 October 2018
Last day to drop a course without financial penalty (Census date)
4 November 2018
Last day to drop a course without academic penalty
11 November 2018

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Class Availability When Where Notes
You must attend this Lecture
Lecture (70243) Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 09:00 - 13:50
29 October 2018 - 9 November 2018
G16 1.08
Clinical Sciences 2
Gold Coast Campus