Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


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 these two complementary areas of law, blending a combination of: substantive areas of the law (ranging from World Trade Organisation rules to maritime liabilities); procedural mechanisms for dispute resolution; and jurisdictional issues. Furthermore, both International Trade Law and Maritime Law are just as important locally for linking Australia to the global market as they are on an international scale for connecting nation-states large and small, far and wide. Because many aspects of both bodies of law are also consistent globally, the material covered by this course is relevant for students interested in engaging with commerce within Australia as well as those planning to practice law internationally.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

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.


Week 1: Introduction/Globalistion; historical sources of international trade lawWeek 2: Private International trade law: sale of goodsWeek 3: Private International trade law: sale of goodsWeek 4: Private International tade law: maritime lawWeek 5: International trade argeements: background and historyWeek 6: International trade agreements: international contractsWeek 7: International trade agreements: contracts (continued)Week 8: International trade: WTO structure and applicationWeek 9: International trade: WTO lawWeek 10: International trade: WTO dispute resolutionWeek 11: International trade: international arbitrationWeek 12: International trade: inverstment law ans globalisation



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

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS4011

Assessment items

Participation: Class participation

In Term Test: Two in-class tests

Essay: Multi-pronged Research essay