Courses & Units

Maritime Law JNB253


This Unit introduces you to concepts and principles of maritime law, with special emphasis on the carriage of goods by sea. However, we will also deal with other traditional aspects of maritime law - salvage, general average, maritime liens, admiralty jurisdiction, and marine insurance law. It must be borne in mind that we will deal with each topic in this unit in a very introductory nature while in fact, maritime law cuts across many branches of law - being domestic or international, procedural or substantive, and arguably no one can claim himself/herself to be an expert in all aspects of maritime law. Hence, for those without a good understanding of the law and the legal system generally, you may find that you will have to put some extra time and effort into this subject to make sense of it. Despite the challenging nature of this unit, it is beyond doubt that you will find what you study in this unit to be highly relevant to your future career in maritime and logistics.

This unit is divided into 12 modules of study. Module 1 introduces 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. Continuing along the theme of public international law, Module 2 touches upon the law of the sea. Modules 3-7 focus on the challenges of carriage of goods by sea and the question of the carrier's liabilities. This is a careful consideration of how the law allows for the efficient and regular international transportation of goods. Module 8 deals with the traditional aspects of maritime law in the event of imminent danger - salvage and general average. Some practitioners, however, argue that the general average is declined in its importance due to the existence of the marine insurance system. Therefore, Module 9 deals with marine insurance law. Modules 10-11 deal with dispute settlements in the context of maritime cases with a primary focus on the function of the courts in admiralty jurisdiction and international maritime arbitration. Module 12 then introduces some legal aspects of disruptive technologies in the maritime business.


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 International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the rationale underpinning domestic and international legal principles and frameworks to resolve potential disputes occurring in the context of the maritime and logistics industry
  • Critically analyse and apply domestic and international maritime legal principles to solve legal problems in maritime and logistics contexts
  • Communicate legal considerations related to maritime issues using a step-by-step logical analysis

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 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,618.00

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