Previously, Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Navy. Graduated B.Com. (1973 Qld) and LLB (1974 Qld), PhD (Law) (1994, Bond), Grad.Cert.Higher Ed,(Qld), LLD (2016, Qld). Barrister for 24 years in Brisbane, and made Queen's Counsel in 1988. Full time academic at UQ from 1999 – 2004 at TC Beirne School of Law, foundation Executive Director of The Centre for Maritime Law, now The Marine & Shipping Law Unit. Has published widely in maritime law and history and has held various offices in maritime and other organizations. Awarded OAM in the Australian Honours List January 2016 for contribution to maritime law and naval history.

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