Professor Nick Gaskell

Professor-Maritime & Commercial Law

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 52490


Professor Nick Gaskell has 40 years experience as a research active academic. Since being at the TC Beirne School of Law he has held the posts of Dean of Law and Head of School (Acting), Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and Director of Research. Prior to joining the School he held (from 1994) the titled position of "David Jackson Professor of Maritime and Commercial Law" at the School of Law of the University of Southampton, UK. From 2003-2007 he was Head of that School, and from 1996-1999 was Director of its Institute of Maritime Law.

He has lectured widely to the maritime professions and academic community all over the world, including Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Yugoslavia, UK. He first worked with the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand on courses in the 1980s and 1990s and continues to be an active member. He was a Visiting Law Lecturer at Monash University in 1984 and 1986. He has represented the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) at the International Maritime Organisation's Legal Committee, and at the meetings of the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. He has attended and participated in many diplomatic conferences which have produced international maritime law conventions, including the Salvage Convention 1989, the 1992 Protocol to the Civil Liability Convention for Oil Pollution Damage, the Hazardous and Noxious Substances Convention 1996, the Bunker Pollution Convention 2001, the Athens Convention on the Carriage of Passengers 2002, and the liability Protocol to the Antarctic Convention.

Professor Gaskell has written books and articles on a wide range of maritime and related commercial law subjects. His work on carriage of goods by sea (bills of lading) has been cited in courts internationally, including Australia (High Court, Federal Court, Supreme Court of Victoria), Hong Kong, Singapore (Court of Appeal), New Zealand (High Court) and the UK (including the House of Lords). He is a Titulary Member of the Comite Maritime International (CMI), a qualified UK barrister and is an associate tenant of Quadrant Chambers (a leading set of maritime law chambers in London).

Research Interests

  • Maritime Law
  • Commercial Law
  • International Trade Law


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Hull


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2012) Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Gaskell, Nicholas (2018). Liability and compensation regimes: Pollution of the high seas. In Robert C. Beckman, Millicent McCreath, J. Ashley Roach and Zhen Sun (Ed.), High Seas Governance Gaps and Challenges (pp. 229-272) Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Nijhoff. doi:10.1163/9789004373303_009

  • Gaskell, Nick (2016). Limitation of liability and division of loss in operation. In Simon Gault, Steven Hazelwood, Andrew Tettenborn, Edward Cole and Thomas Macey-Dare (Ed.), Marsden and Gault on collisions at sea 14th edition ed. (pp. 973-1020) London, United Kingdom: Sweet & Maxwell.

  • Gaskell, Nick (2013). Compensation for offshore pollution: ships and platforms. In Malcolm Clarke (Ed.), Maritime Law Evolving (pp. 63-93) Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.

  • Cogliati-Bantz, Vincent, Derrington, Sarah, Forrest, Craig, Gaskell, Nick and White, Michael (2012). Marine oil and gas pollution spills in Australian waters. In Aldo Chircop, Norman Letalik, Ted L. McDorman and Susan J. Rolston (Ed.), The regulation of international shipping: international and comparative perspectives: essays in honor of Edgar Gold (pp. 371-400) Leiden, Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.

  • Gaskell, Nick (2012). The Law of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts (3rd 3e) 2011, by S. Rainey. In D. R. Thomas (Ed.), Journal of International Maritime Law 18 ed. (pp. 322-323) Witney, Oxon, United Kingdom: Lawtext Publishing.

  • Gaskell, Nickolas (2011). Compensation for offshore pollution from ships: Problems and solutions. In K.E. Lindgren and N. Perram (Ed.), International commercial law, litigation and arbitration : Conference proceedings (pp. 99-123) Alexandria, N.S.W., Australia: Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law, University of Sydney.

  • Nick Gaskell and C. Smith (2005). Private Law Rights Applicable to Seafarers. In Deirdre Fitzpatrick & Michael Anderson (Ed.), Seafarers' Rights 1st ed. (pp. 169-266) United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Gaskell, Nick and Smith, Christopher (2005). Private law regimes applicable to seafarers. In Deirdre Fitzpatrick and Michael Anderson (Ed.), Seafarers' rights (pp. 169-226) Oxford, England, U. K.: Oxford University Press.

  • Nick Gaskell (2003). 'Charterers' Liability to Shipowner Orders, Indemnities and Vessel Damage. In Johan Schelin (Ed.), Modern Law of Charterparties 1st ed. (pp. 19-80) Stockholm, Sweden: Jure AB, Stockholm.

  • Nick Gaskell (2000). Pollution Limitation and Carriage in the Aegean Sea. In Francis D. Rose (Ed.), Lex Mercatoria: Essays on International Commercial Law in Honour of Francis Reynolds 1st ed. (pp. 71-103) TBA: LLP.

  • Nick Gaskell (1998). Limitation of Liability and Division of Loss. In Simon Gault (Ed.), Marsden on Collisions at Sea 12th ed. (pp. 828-864) United States: Sweet & Maxwell.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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