• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr James Stellios
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Conflict of Laws, also sometimes called Private International Law, is concerned with what happens in cases where not all of the facts are tied to one jurisdiction. In the federal system of Australia, this can occur both within a domestic intra-Australia context and in an international context. While this course deals with a number of specific theoretical frameworks, it is taught largely from a practical standpoint aimed at preparing lawyers for handling cases with trans-jurisdictional issues. The three core components of the course investigate:

  • Jurisdiction: When domestic courts can hear cases that involve parties and property from outside the territory of the court.
  • Choice of Law: Which law is applicable when a case has connections with a number of different jurisdictions. In particular, this course considers contract, family and tort disputes that involve a variety of jurisdictions.
  • Enforcement of Judgements: How to enforce a court judgement or arbitral award from another jurisdiction in local courts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On the successful conclusion of the course, students will have a coherent and advanced understanding of the three areas of conflict of laws covered in the course. Specifically, students should be able to:
  1. explain, summarise and apply the conflict of laws rules;
  2. recognise, explain and analyse the various themes and theoretical perspectives covered in this course;
  3. plan and conduct research with some independence in the form of a research essay;
  4. apply the conflict of law rules to solve complex conflicts of laws problems in the form of a take-home exam.

Indicative Assessment

1. Take-home exam (50%)
2. Research essay (50%, 2,500 words) 

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and completed or be completing five LAWS 1000 or 6100 level courses. This course is incompatible with LAWS8144 Conflict of Laws.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3033 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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