The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


International trade is a crucial part of the Australian economy. Today, more than two-thirds of all transnational trade is conducted by multinational corporations; at the same time, well over 90% of Australia's import and export trade in goods takes place by sea. International Trade Law and Maritime Law are central to managing this trade. This course will focus on the international organisations and rules that regulate international trade, including the rules of the World Trade Organisation, the international agreements regulating trade in goods, and maritime law. The material covered by this course is relevant for students interested in working in commercial law in Australia, as well as those planning to practice law internationally.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough and contextual knowledge of the legal framework for international trade law and maritime law, in the areas covered during the course.

2. Identify relevant issues in international trade law and maritime law, and apply legal doctrine to solve related problems.

3. Critically analyse relationships between on the one hand international trade law and maritime law, and on the other hand broader social, political, and economic issues inherent in globalisation.

4. Create an analytic framework for understanding the impact of global value chains on issues of international trade law and maritime law.

5. Conduct high-level legal research, exploring primary and secondary materials, and provide critical analysis of problems and questions.

6. Prepare and present cogent arguments, orally and in writing, and make productive contributions to class debate and discussion.


The course will provide a broad overview of the law that regulates international trade at both a private and a public level.   We will look at a range of topics, including:

  • Globalisation and its consequences
  • Sources of international trade law
  • The role of the World Trade Organisation and its agreements
  • Laws relating to the carriage of goods by sea
  • Contracts for the international sale of goods; and
  • Resolving international trade disputes.

We will be joined by a range of guests who work in international trade law.



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, LAWS3041, and LAWS4011.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Online Quizes x 2

Written Assignment: Choice of Research Essay OR Exam

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term