Event: Judges in Conversation

Current issues in maritime law

13 June 2018

In this Judges in Conversation event, Professor Martin Davies and Justice Steven Rares will address a range of current issues in maritime and admiralty law, including damages for wrongful arrest, recognition of foreign maritime liens, the intersection between cross-border insolvency and admiralty, and the shortcomings of the UNCITRAL Model Law, particularly when circumstances change in relation to the foreign insolvency proceedings.

The Honourable Justice Steven Rares

Justice Rares was appointed a judge of the Federal Court of Australia in 2006. His Honour is also an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory.

Graduating in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and after two years working in a solicitors’ firm, Justice Rares was called to the New South Wales Bar in 1980. His Honour was appointed a Senior Counsel in 1993 and was a member of the Judicial Commission of New South Wales in 2004 and 2005.

Justice Rares is currently a National co-convening judge and the New South Wales registry convening judge for the Admiralty and Maritime National Practice Area and a member of the Comité Maritime International’s International Working Group on Offshore Activities. Between October 2014 and October 2016, His Honour was President of the Judicial Conference of Australia, and is a Deputy President and a member of the Board of Management of the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration. Justice Rares is also the Chairman of the Consultative Council for Australian Law Reporting.

Professor Martin Davies

Martin Davies is Admiralty Law Institute Professor of Maritime Law at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans and Director of the Tulane Maritime Law Center.

He holds the degrees of M.A. and B.C.L. from Oxford University, England, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Before joining Tulane, he was Harrison Moore Professor of Law at The University of Melbourne in Australia and before that he taught at Monash University, The University of Western Australia and Nottingham University. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in China, Italy, Azerbaijan and Singapore. He has received several teaching awards, and in 2017, the editors of the law report series American Maritime Cases dedicated the 2016 bound volumes to him.

He is author (or co-author) of books on maritime law, international trade law, conflict of laws, and the law of torts. He has also published many journal articles on these topics. He has extensive practical experience as a consultant for over 30 years on maritime matters and general international litigation and arbitration, in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA.


Date: Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Federal Court of Australia
Courtroom 8A
305 William St, Melbourne

(03) 9035 1111

Bookings are essential for this free public lecture. Register at www.law.unimelb.edu.au/events.