Marine and Shipping Law Unit

The Marine & Shipping Law Unit (MASLU) is a community of scholars within the TC Beirne School of Law at The University of Queensland. We aim to achieve international recognition for scholarship, research and consultative skills in maritime law, international law of the sea, and related areas.

MASLU promotes teaching and research in all aspects of maritime law and the law of the sea. We provide the legal community, law students, and the marine and shipping industries with detailed information and specialist expertise relating to developments in, and the application of, maritime law. MASLU's role also includes collaborating with other marine centres on multi-disciplinary projects, and liaising with legal and marine scholars from around the world.

Each year, the Law School offers a number of courses and seminars in maritime law and related areas. Students can enrol in courses either as part of a postgraduate degree at The University of Queensland or any other recognized university, or on a 'once-off' basis through the Executive Education program.

Vision and mission

Vision

The vision of MASLU is to achieve international recognition for scholarship, research and consultative skills in maritime law, international law of the sea and related areas. The vision includes liaising with other marine centres in multi-disciplinary projects.

Mission

The mission of MASLU includes:

  • promoting teaching and research in all aspects of maritime law and the law of the sea
  • providing the legal profession and academia, law students, and the marine and shipping industries with detailed information and specialist expertise relating to developments in and the application of maritime law
  • monitoring international developments in maritime law and providing advice and expertise to governments on policy and legislation related to maritime law and the law of the sea
  • encouraging and promoting visits and exchanges with international scholars publishing and promoting publications in all aspects of maritime law and the law of the sea
  • co-operating with other major centres in The University of Queensland to develop inter-disciplinary policies, research and teaching
  • co-operating with other major centres in Australia and internationally to develop inter-disciplinary policies, research and teaching.

Principal areas

The role of MASLU includes addressing the law arising from the extensive area of maritime commercial activity in the Australian, regional and international contexts in the following principal areas:

  • oceans policy
  • governance of the oceans, nationally and internationally
  • international conventions on marine matters; including the marine environment, fisheries, shipping and international marine boundaries
  • application of Australian domestic law to Australia’s international marine obligations
  • marine aspects of constitutional law
  • admiralty jurisdiction
  • international law of the sea
  • marine environment
  • carriage of goods by sea
  • ship sales, financing, registration and securities
  • marine insurance
  • general average
  • limitation of liability
  • choice of law and jurisdiction
  • collisions and groundings
  • salvage
  • towage and wreck
  • pilotage
  • port state control
  • prize, bounty and ransom
  • crimes at sea
  • marine dispute resolution: mediation, arbitration and litigation, and
  • developing liaisons and exchange programs with established centres of maritime law and international law of the sea in other countries.

Student involvement

The TC Beirne School of Law, through the staff of MASLU, offer a range of courses in maritime law. In 2015 MASLU aims to better integrate its teaching of maritime law with its research agenda, and include those students who undertake a range of maritime courses in the activities of MASLU. Students of maritime law (Maritime Law Student Cohort) will be offered the opportunity to engage with Law school staff, particularly MASLU staff, and the maritime profession in a broad sense, through participation in a range of activities.

Possible activities include Seminar Series, Conferences, submitting articles for publication and a boat license course. 

How to join the Maritime Law student cohort

Any student who has completed or enrolled in two or more of the courses offered by MASLU may join the Maritime Law Student Cohort.

LAWS7865 Maritime Law

LAWS7876 Carriage of Goods by Sea

LAWS7951 Marine Insurance Law

For further information please contact:

Professor Craig Forrest, Director MASLU

E-mail: c.forrest@law.uq.edu.au Tel: 07 33469027

Twilight Seminar Series

The MASLU runs a twilight seminar series that features interesting speakers on key areas within Maritime law. 

For upcoming seminars see our research events.