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Conflict of Laws is usually understood to mean the group of principles that govern the Court's approach to private law disputes with an international or interstate character to them. A detailed understanding of the rules is strongly advisable for those considering practice or further study with an international element.

The course will be broken down into three broad parts:

1. Jurisdiction (concerning the circumstances in which a particular Court will assume jurisdiction over a particular dispute having regard to territorial considerations);

2. Choice of law (concerning the system of national or state law that the Court will apply to the dispute, having assumed jurisdiction over it); and

3. Enforcement and recognition of foreign and interstate judgments.

In addition, the course will cover some of the basic weapons in an international litigator's arsenal, such as anti-suit injunctions and worldwide Mareva orders. There will also be discussion of the interaction between the system of international arbitration and the Courts.

Main Topics

  • Jurisdiction: Exercising local jurisdiction in respect of disputes with an international element; Exercising jurisdiction over persons or conduct abroad; International dispute resolution
  • Choice of law: Choice of law within Australia; Choice of law between Australian and foreign law
  • Enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards
Faculty Faculty of Law
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Offering Terms

Term 1



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