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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, summarise and apply the conflict of laws rules;
- Recognise, explain and analyse the various themes and theoretical perspectives covered in this course;
- Plan and conduct research with some independence in the form of a research essay;
- Apply the conflict of law rules to solve complex conflicts of laws problems in the form of an exam.
Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.
- Take-home exam (50) [LO 1,4]
- Research essay (50) [LO 2,3]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 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.
- Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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