Dr Rosemary Gibson


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Dr Rosemary Gibson is a Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law. Dr Gibson currently teaches Law of Contract and International Maritime Trade Law. Dr Gibson has also has a particular interest in maritime and shipping law. Dr Gibson's PhD thesis concerned powers to terminate commercial contracts for breach.

Dr Gibson is also an experienced commercial litigator. Dr Gibson practised as a commercial lawyer for many years, most recently in the Shipping & Transport team at a leading Queensland law firm, where she advised clients on a range of matters including cargo and wharf damage claims, ship groundings, charterparty disputes and marine insurance matters. In 2016, Dr Gibson was one of the primary lawyers in the high profile Shen Neng 1 litigation.

Dr Gibson is actively involved in the maritime law community. In July 2018, Dr Gibson presented a paper at the Global Shipping Law Forum hosted by the University of Queensland. Dr Gibson has acted as a volunteer arbitrator for the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot (IMLAM) and was the Secretary of the Queensland branch of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) for many years.

In 2010, before commencing legal practice, Dr Gibson was an Associate to the Honourable Justice Chesterman RFD in the Queensland Court of Appeal.

Dr Gibson holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Laws and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland. In 2015, upon completing her Master of Laws, she was awarded the Faculty of Business, Economics & Law Dean’s Honour Roll Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence.

Dr Gibson’s research interests also include private international law and insurance law.

Research Interests

  • Private international law
  • Insurance law


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Law, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework) of Law, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor, The University of Queensland


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