Centre for Maritime Law


Luci CAREY  

Research Associate, CML
+65 6601 3608

Luci obtained her LLB (Hons) (First Class) degree in 2015 from Murdoch University in Western Australia and her LLM (Maritime Law) from the National University of Singapore in 2019. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Merit) from the Australian National University and is an admitted lawyer in the State of Western Australia. Luci also holds an MA (Hons) degree in Politics from Edinburgh University. Prior to joining the Centre for Maritime Law in 2016, Luci was Research Associate to the Honourable Justice Carmel McLure AC, President of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Research Interests

Luci's research interests encompass maritime law generally, with a particular emphasis on international carriage of goods, carriage of passengers and marine insurance.



» "All hands off deck? The legal barriers to autonomous ships" (2017) 23(3) Journal of International Maritime Law 202-219
» "The Maritime Labour Convention 2006: The seafarer and the fisher" (2017) 31(1) Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal 14-36

Working Papers:

» "All hands off deck? The legal barriers to autonomous ships", (2017) CML Working Paper Series, CML-WPS-1706


» "Report on the 14th IISTL Colloquium on new technologies on shipping/trade law" (2018) CML Reports, CML-R1805 (with Elson Ong)
» "Report on the BIMCO Autonomous Ships Seminar" (2019) CML Reports, CML-R1901

Research Projects

Luci is undertaking a project that examines the future legal opportunities and challenges presented by the use of automated technology and unmanned vessels in international shipping. The project involves assessing the current domestic and international legal regimes, with respect to safe manning levels. It also considers why the proposed autonomous ships will struggle to provide the functional equivalent of the shipmaster and, how, or if, these vessels can comply with compulsory pilotage. At an international level, the project will evaluate what jurisdictional issues may arise and whether the current limitation regimes for maritime claims may be relied upon in the event of an incident involving an unmanned or autonomous ship. The project is assessing these issues from an Asian common law and commonwealth perspective, with a particular emphasis on Singapore's legislative framework.


» "Autonomous ships and marine insurance", CML Seminar Series, 16 May 2019
» "Updates on Autonomous Ships: the ships; insurance; the law; opinions", CML Lunch Seminar Series, 30 January 2019
» "Autonomous ships and marine insurance", Conference on Maritime Management, Organisation and Liability, University of Copenhagen, 27 November 2018
» "Unmanned Ships and latent defects, what next for the Inchmaree Clause?", CML Lunch Seminar Series, 19 September 2018
» "Package Limitation and the Hague-Visby Rules: a comment on Kyokuyo Ltd v Maersk", CML Lunch Seminar Series, 8 August 2017
» "Legal issues for autonomous ships", CML Lunch Seminar Series, 15 March 2017

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