Over 90% of Australian trade is transported by sea and the law governing the ships that facilitate this trade is of great commercial importance. Maritime Law concerns issues such as the ownership and flagging of ships, salvage and wreck law, and liabilities arising from incidents such as collisions at sea and marine pollution. It also covers the enforcement of maritime claims, including the arrest of ships, jurisdiction, and securities, such as maritime liens.

Maritime Law is a blend of general principles of contract and tort law, specialised maritime laws arising out of the ancient law merchant, international conventions, customary international law and domestic (both Commonwealth and State) law. Consideration is therefore also given to jurisdictional issues, including an introduction to the international maritime zones and a more detailed consideration of the jurisdictional competencies of flag and port States.

The international nature of shipping, and the international legal structure underpinning it, means that shipping law throughout the world is similar and skills acquired in one jurisdiction are readily transferable to another. The course is therefore of particular interest to students who wish to pursue an international career in either the private or government sectors or in international trade.

Transnational Legal Issues
Mondays 5-8pm, 25 July - 17 October 2022 (12 weeks)
Next course:
25 July 2022 (see all)
Professor Craig Forrest
UQ St Lucia (view map)
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Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • an introduction to Australian maritime law
  • jurisdiction and division of maritime powers
  • ship ownership and registration
  • collisions
  • passenger liability
  • salvage
  • pilotage, towage and wreck
  • marine pollution
  • limitation of liability
  • port state control and regulation
  • admiralty jurisdiction and enforcement of claims

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 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 campus.

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Enrolment options

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 Enrol as a part of a Masters degree program

This course is available as an option in our enhanced Masters of Laws program for qualified legal practitioners.  


Upcoming sessions

25 July 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
1 August 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
8 August 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
15 August 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
22 August 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
29 August 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
5 September 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
12 September 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
19 September 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
3 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
10 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
17 October 2022 5:00pm8:00pm
Professor Craig Forrest

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.

Professor Craig Forrest is the Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and Fellow of the Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law. Professor Forrest teaches and undertakes research in the areas of maritime law, private international law and cultural heritage law. He has published widely in these areas and contributed directly to national and international public policy development through advice and workshops provided to the United States, United Kingdom, South African and Australian governments, and directly to the drafting of national legislation and international law. In maritime law, Professor Forrest has provided advice to both government and the industry in relation to the law of the sea and wet maritime law. He supervises United Nations Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea Nippon Fellows.