The course deals with the law which a court will apply to an action which contains some "foreign" element - ie, one or more of the facts of the case occurred outside the State or Territory which is hearing the matter.
It also deals with the basis upon which a court in Australia may take jurisdiction over a defendant not resident within the jurisdiction, and the circumstances in which judgments obtained overseas, or arbitral awards given overseas, may be enforced in Australia.
Selected topics include:
- Choice of Law in Contract
- Choice of Law in Tort
- Jurisdiction in actions in contract, tort, for misleading conduct and estoppel
- Refusal to exercise jurisdiction (forum non conveniens)
- Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and arbitral awards.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:By the conclusion of this course, it is intended that students who have successfully completed all of the course requirements should be able to:
- Identify, distinguish and explain theoretical knowledge and general principles of the conflict of laws;
- Identify, synthesise and critically examine the theory and principles of choice of law in relation to contract and tort liability;
- Examine and critically apply to complex problems, the operation of various rules pertaining to territorial jurisdiction in relation to actions in tort, contract and related fields of law;
- Identify, evaluate and critically apply the principles by which judgments and arbitral awards given in countries outside Australia, may be enforced in Australia; and
- Plan, design and execute a research project that identifies, critically examines and communicates comparative analysis to complex theoretical issues and practical problems in matters where conflict of laws arise, demonstrating relevant research principles and techniques.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course with a 4 day compulsory intensive (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the intensive your final assessment will be due. Contact with fellow students and the convenor, both prior to the intensive and after, is conducted via the Wattle course site.
Indicative AssessmentIt is likely the assessment will consist of:
- Class participation (10%)
- Research Essay (90%)
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Workload26 hours of face to face teaching (4 day intensive). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no prescribed text for this course.
- Martin Davies, Andrew Bell and Paul Brereton, Nygh’s Conflict of Laws in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, 9th ed, 2013
- Reid Mortensen, Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes, Private International Law in Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, 2nd ed, 2011
Students must rely on the approved Course Study Guide which will be posted to the Wattle course site approximately 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
An e-brick will be available on the Wattle course site.
Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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