The Federation Press

Admiralty Jurisdiction: Law and Practice

Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia


This previously published work related to Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. This fourth edition now relates to Malaysia as well. It is a comprehensive account of admiralty jurisdiction – law and practice – in all such jurisdictions.

Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia are all major world maritime trade centres. This book deals, in an up to date fashion with the law in those important Asian destinations – as well as with the law in Australia and New Zealand. It is easy to read and well set out.

Admiralty Jurisdiction will be especially useful to lawyers practising admiralty law and to courts exercising admiralty jurisdiction in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. It may also have some utility for lawyers in the UK, South Africa and Canada.


Reviews of previous editions:

The book is concise, well written and, as may be expected, well researched. The topics are logically set out and contain a good exposition of the evolution of the law. The comparative enumeration of statutory provisions and case law between Australia and New Zealand helps to comprehend the uniformity of approach adopted by courts in both jurisdictions when dealing with admiralty matters. The book will prove a reliable guide for anyone interested in finding their way through the obscurities of the admiralty jurisdiction. - The Commonwealth Lawyer, Vol 14 No 2, August 2005

It is a pleasure to see a new edition of this work. It remains the only comprehensive Australasian work on the subject. It continues to provide a full exposition of the basis and nature of the admiralty jurisdiction in both Australia and New Zealand. Since that jurisdiction in each case is legislatively based, there are significant differences which can make it dangerous to rely on English and other foreign texts. … The new edition retains precedents now revised and updated. The work concludes with an expanded section of appendices, including the Admiralty Act and Rules for both Australia and New Zealand. Overall, I found the book as useful and well written as I did the first edition. It is useful and interesting to compare New Zealand law and practice with that of Australia. As the economies (if not the political systems) of the two countries become closer and they continue to be close trading partners, it will be more and more important for practitioners to be aware of both. I would recommend the book to anyone with a shipping practice or an interest in admiralty law. - Law Institute Journal (Victoria), July 2004

Professor Cremean’s text carefully, clearly and authoritatively deals with the complexity of Admiralty law and the peculiarities of its practice and procedure. … As with the first edition, … this edition is an extremely handy practice volume including the full text of the legislation and the rules and the author’s commentary. Some useful precedents are also provided … All commercial lawyers at some stage or another deal with shipping or admiralty. This is a readable and authoritative text. - Victorian Bar News, No 128, Autumn 2004

This is a workmanlike book and would be of regular assistance to a practitioner in the field. - (2009) 83 ALJ 774

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition by The Hon Chief Justice James Allsop AO
Foreword to the Third Edition by The Hon Mr Justice David Steel
Foreword to the Second Edition by The Rt Hon Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE
Foreword to the First Edition by The Hon Sir Laurence Street AC, KCMG, QC

Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Courts and Jurisdiction
Admiralty Claims
Practice and Procedure

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