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LA4042 - Maritime Law

[Not offered in 2020]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

Australia is a maritime nation with a significant sea-faring history. It has a long coastline and jurisdiction over offshore islands and Antarctica, as well as offshore oil and gas fields. Most exports and imports are still carried by sea and the nation's ports are important contributors to the national and regional economies. The law relating to maritime activities is a mixture of customary law, contract law, tort law and international conventions. Maritime Law is also remarkably uniform throughout the world because it is based on commercial realities and extensive trading between maritime nations over centuries.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the place of Maritime Law within the broad context of commercial law and public international law;
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of the principles of Maritime Law and the relevant Australian legislation, Court Rules, Maritime Rules and international conventions;
  • apply the principles to practical legal issues;
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge of relevant case law.

Subject Assessment

  • assignments (30%)
  • workshop tasks (20%)
  • centrally-administered final exam (50%).
Prerequisites: LA1101 and LA1102

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