As over 90% of Australian trade is transported by sea the law governing ships is of immense commercial importance. This course examines a broad range of maritime legal 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.

Maritime Law is designed for lawyers and professionals who work for and within the maritime industry and those who wish to pursue an international career in the private or government sector, or in international trade. Participants who successfully complete the course will acquire the knowledge and skills to enable them to critically evaluate the fundamental principles which underpin maritime law, its enforcement and any current or future need for reform. These skills could be transferable to almost any jurisdiction in the world.

Professor Craig ForrestProfessor Craig Forrest

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.

Professor Forrest has a long association with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). Between 1998 and 2000, he was a member of the South African delegation to UNESCO to negotiate the 2001 Underwater Cultural Heritage Convention. He acted as an advisor to UNESCO regional cultural meetings in 2009 (Solomon Islands) and 2012 (Cambodia), and in 2013 drafted a Model Law for the implementation of UNESCOs cultural heritage conventions for the Caribbean States and co-chaired the intergovernmental meeting in St.Kitts and Nevis. He is currently engaged in a UNESCO project, with Dr Bill Jeffery (University of Guam) on the protection on underwater cultural heritage in Micronesia. He is a member of the International Law Association's Committee on Governanace in Global Cultural Heritage Governance.

Professor Forrest is the general editor of the Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal, associate editor of the Australian International Law Journal and on the editorial boards of the World Maritime University Journal of Maritime Affairs and the International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook.

He has held visiting research and teaching position at Cambridge University, National University of South Korea, City University of Hong Kong, Dalhousie University Canada and University of Nottingham (the latter as a Universitas 21 Fellow). Before turning to the law, Professor Forrest served as a naval officer in the South African Navy.

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

Course information

Course code
LAWS7865

Course profile

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