Courses & Units

Maritime Law JNB253


This unit is divided into 12 modules of study. Module 1 provides an introduction to sources of maritime law in Australia and gives an overview of relevant concepts of national law and international law as they are pertinent to shipping. Module 2 continues on the theme of international law with the international law of the sea. Module 3 then considers legal framework on international carriage of passengers by sea.
Modules 4-8 focus on the challenges of carriage of goods by sea and the question of the carriers liability. This is a careful consideration of how the law allows for the efficient and regular international transportation of goods. Modules 9-11 cover some traditional aspects of maritime law that may arise in connection with carriage of goods by sea. Module 12 deals with the law relevant to maritime policy by focusing on the recent changes brought by the enactment of the Navigation Act 2012 (Cth).


Unit name Maritime Law
Unit code JNB253
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
Discipline Maritime and Logistics Management
Coordinator Doctor Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the legal framework underpinning domestic and international maritime law
  • Identify and apply key maritime law principles
  • Communicate legal thought in a clear, direct and professional manner

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $2,493.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
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AssessmentExamination (40%)|Engagement Quiz|Assignment: Domestic Law and International Law (10%)|Assignment: Safe Port / Environmental Salvage (30%)|Assignment: Solving Contract of Carriage Dispute (20%)
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