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:
- 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.
This is an intensive course with a compulsory on campus component (see LLM timetable for dates).
Approximately 6 weeks from the completion of the on campus component 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.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Research Essay (90) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week.
Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
Click here for the LLM Masters Program timetable.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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