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 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.

International Economic Law
4 days
Next course:
24 August 201925 August 2019 (see all)
Mr Gregory Nell SC
UQ Brisbane City (view map)
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Topics covered

  • 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

This course is delivered at our centrally located UQ Brisbane City campus. Courses are taught in smart, functional and flexible learning facilities.

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 Brisbane City.

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Enrol as CPD

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

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Upcoming sessions

24 August 2019 9:00am25 August 2019 5:00pm
31 August 2019 9:00am1 September 2019 5:00pm
Mr Gregory Nell SC

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.