LAWS6900 - Comparative Admiralty & Maritime Law


The unit is designed to complement the separate (though non-requisite) unit, LAWS6849 Commercial Maritime Law, which is focused upon the commercial use of the ship, carriage by sea and the shipping industry.

This unit, LAWS6900 Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law, is designed to provide a thorough foundation of comparative knowledge of Admiralty practice in the major trading jurisdictions, of marine insurance in all its forms and dispute resolution and conflict of laws in relation to maritime disputes.

Though Commercial Maritime Law is not a pre-requisite, the two units (which will be taught in alternative years) together provide a comprehensive foundation in commercial maritime law and practice.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate law degree is preferable but knowledge gained from work in shipping or related fields will be sufficient


Semester 2 Intensive
5, 6 & 12, 13 September 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.


  • 1 x 3,500 Word Essay (35%)
  • 1 x 2 ½ Hour Exam (65%)


Davies, M and Dickey, A Shipping Law (Third Edition)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Master of International Business and Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law