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Researcher biography

Carriage of Goods by Sea; Admiralty Law; Marine Insurance

Sarah Derrington is the Academic Dean and Head of School of the T C Beirne Schoool of Law.

With James M Turner QC of the English Bar, she has written one of the leading common law texts on admiralty law and practice and has published widely on matters relating to carriage of goods by sea, marine insurance and admiralty jurisdiction. Professor Derrington has taught a variety of courses in marine and shipping law from undergraduate to postgraduate level and has successfully supervised doctoral candidates in the field.

Professor Derrington's work is cited regularly in the Superior Courts, not only within Australia but also in the Courts of the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her particular expertise in maritime and shipping law has been recognised, domestically, by her appointment to the Admiralty Rules Committee and, internationally, by appointments to International Working Groups of the Comité Maritime International, by instructions to participate in an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court of the United States and through her invitation to become a Door Tenant of Quadrant Chambers in London.

Professor Derrington continues to practise at the private Bar, exclusively in shipping law.

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