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 generally, you may find that you will have to put some extra time into this unit to make sense of it. Despite the challenging nature of the 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 provides an introduction to sources of maritime law in Australia and gives an overview of relevant concepts of national law (municipal law) and international law as they are pertinent to shipping. Continuing along the theme of public international law, Module 2 touches upon the international law of the sea.
Module 3-7 focus on the challenges of carriage of goods by sea and the question of the carrier's liabilities. These modules involve careful consideration of how the law allows for the efficient and regular international transportation of goods. Module 8 deals with traditional aspects of maritime law in the event of imminent danger at sea - salvage and general average. 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 primary focus on the functions of the courts in admiralty jurisdiction and international maritime arbitration. Module 12 then introduces some legal aspects of disruptive technologies in maritime businesses.
|Unit name||Maritime Law|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Australian Maritime College
|Discipline||Maritime and Logistics Management|
|Coordinator||Doctor Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Launceston||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain rationale underpinning domestic and international legal principles and framework
- Analyse and apply domestic and international maritime legal principles to provide solutions to legal problems in maritime and logistics context
- Appraise and critique existing maritime legal principles to suggest appropriate amendment or reform
- Communicate legal thoughts relating to maritime legal issues and considerations in a clear, direct, and professional manner
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:JNB520
|Assessment||(40%)|Assignment 1: Online Quiz (10%)|Assignment 2: Case Study (25%)|ASSIGNMENT 3 : Discussion (25%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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