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The vast majority of worldwide imports and exports are carried by sea, whether in bulk form, for example, oil, grain and coal, or as containerised cargo. This course covers the contracts for the carriage of such goods by sea, including charterparties and bills of lading, as well as the legal problems facing shipowners, charterers, shippers and receivers of goods in a commercial context. Students will consider the solutions adopted in the standard form contracts used worldwide, and the interpretation of them by the courts in the context of mandatory international conventions such as the Hague-Visby Rules (as enacted in national legislation).

The course is designed for domestic and international lawyers wishing to understand more about international trade and shipping. Many of the legal principles involved are not restricted to shipping, but serve the wider area of international commercial law generally. For those wishing to specialise in maritime and international trade law this course can be combined with any of the other courses in the International Trade and Maritime Law streams.

Professor Nick Gaskell

Professor Nick Gaskell Nick Gaskell is a Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law at the TC Beirne School of Law. Professor Gaskell has nearly 40 years’ experience teaching maritime law to students, legal practitioners and maritime professionals, both in Australia and throughout the world. He was previously Director of the Institute of Maritime Law at the University of Southampton, UK, and has participated in many diplomatic conferences which have produced international maritime law conventions. He has wide experience of the practice of maritime law as a barrister in Quadrant Chambers, London, and his book Bills of Lading: Law and Practice has been referred to by courts and academics internationally.

Topics covered include:

  • maritime and commercial background
  • negotiating a charterparty – shipbrokers
  • basic obligations in carriage of goods by sea
  • time charters
  • voyage charters
  • bills of lading: functions
  • bills of lading: standard clauses and cargo claims
  • multimodal transport issues
  • Hague/Hague-Visby rules  
  • reform: the Rotterdam rules

Course information

Course code
LAWS7876

Dates
21, 22, 23, 24 September 2017

CPD

This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course.