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 international contractual arrangements that facilitate this trade, with a focus on the contracts for the carriage of such goods by sea, including charterparties and bills of lading, as well as the insurance contracts that ensure the viability of this maritime trade. The course covers the solutions adopted in the international standard form contracts used in international trade and the interpretations of these by the courts in the context of mandatory international conventions such as the Hague-Visby Rules or the Rotterdam Convention. Given the international focus of this course it will suite both Australian and overseas students and provides the basis for the consideration of a range of other international trade issue. For a comprehensive coverage of international maritime law, this course should be taken together with LAWS7865 International Admiralty and Maritime Law.

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.

Profile photo of Rosemary GibsonRosemary Gibson

Ms Rosemary Gibson is also an experienced commercial litigator. Ms Gibson practised as a commercial lawyer for many years, most recently in the Shipping & Transport team at a leading Queensland law firm, where she advised clients on a range of matters including cargo and wharf damage claims, ship groundings, charterparty disputes and marine insurance matters. In 2016, Ms Gibson was one of the primary lawyers in the high profile Shen Neng 1 litigation.

Ms Gibson is actively involved in the maritime law community. In July 2018, Ms Gibson presented a paper at the Global Shipping Law Forum hosted by the University of Queensland. Ms Gibson has acted as a volunteer arbitrator for the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM) and is the Secretary of the Queensland branch of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ).

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