16 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. v (2002)

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This is the first issue of the upgraded MLAANZ Journal. The MLAANZ has issued
publications for many years, including the annual journal, ably edited by Dr Paul
Myburgh over recent years, and the consolidated F S Dethridge Memorial lectures. It
was decided by the MLAANZ Board of Directors that the Association was ready for a
journal of international standard and this journal is the first of the new series. The
Journal will include the annual F S Dethridge Memorial lectures and other major papers
by the members of the MLAANZ as well as articles from wider sources.
It is hoped that this Journal will be a step along the path towards improving the
reporting and debate on maritime law matters in the Australasian region. There is a
growing realisation in both of Australia and New Zealand that this would be beneficial
to these countries. Although each country is an island State and each is totally
dependent on its overseas trade being carried by sea neither country has a maritime
tradition and neither has an infrastructure which supports the heavy dependence on the
sea and the commercial and other benefits derived from it.
In the legal area, the MLAANZ has performed a valuable function as a forum for
development of maritime law skills and the exchange of ideas and information.
However, there is still a long way to travel. The university law schools in both countries
have only in recent decades restarted offering comprehensive courses in maritime law.
The subject was taught substantially until World War 11 (1939-1945) and after that
conflict it seemed to drop away from university curricula. International Law of the Sea
was taught extensively and well, but not maritime law. This is now being addressed
with the Law Schools offering more courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate
maritime law subjects.
I am grateful to the members of the Editorial Board, the editors for the Case Notes and
the Book Reviews and to the referees of the articles for their assistance and I look
forward to the Journal making a contribution in this important area.
Michael White

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