This course covers contracts for the carriage of goods by sea, including charterparties and bills of lading. It considers complex legal issues involving practical commercial problems, international conventions and standard form contracts in use worldwide.

Commercial Legal Practice
4 days (2 weekends: 28 February to 1 March, and 7 to 8 March )
UQ St Lucia (view map)
Enrolment options: 
CPD | Award | Non-Award

Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • maritime and commercial background
  • negotiating a charterparty – shipbrokers
  • basic obligations in carriage of goods by sea
  • time charters
  • voyage charters
  • bills of lading: functions
  • bills of lading: standard clauses and cargo claims
  • multimodal transport issues
  • Hague/Hague-Visby rules  
  • reform: the Rotterdam rules

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia.

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Enrolment options

 Register for Continuing Professional Development

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment, and your course participation may not be used as academic credit towards a qualification. Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice. Registration closes 2 weeks before the course starts.

Register as a CPD student

 Enrol as a non-award student

To gain academic credit, you can apply to enrol as a ‘non-award’ student. Your enrolment is called ‘non-award’ because you are not seeking to be awarded a qualification at this point. As a non-award student, you will be required to do course assessment and will gain academic credit for successfully completing the course. You may seek credit for the course if you enrol in a program in the future.

Apply for entry as a non-award student

 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

This course is part of the Master of Laws postgraduate program.