Courses & Units

Conflicts (Private International Law) LAW684


Conflicts, also known as Private International Law, looks at the unique legal problems that arise when a court must decide a case which involves an element of foreign law. The foreign element may arise either out of a connection with a different country, ie another sovereign state, or it may arise out of a dispute which crosses state boundaries within a federation. The main objectives of this unit are to give students an appreciation of the theory of international conflicts law and a sound practical understanding of the techniques involved in resolving problem cases that arise in private international law, both in Australian and international courts.

The unit content focuses on the four main issues that arise out of the necessity for interaction between different legal systems. They involve arguments about: the factors connecting a case to the law of another state; whether the court has jurisdiction and whether the court is an appropriate forum to hear a case; the choice of the proper law to apply in cases of contract, tort, property and family law; and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements.


Unit name Conflicts (Private International Law)
Unit code LAW684
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Law
School of Law
Discipline School of Law
Teaching staff


Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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  • Pre-requisites: Either LAW221, LAW222, LAW223, LAW224, LAW225, LAW226, LAW204, LAW205 OR LAW250, LAW251, LAW252, LAW253, LAW254, LAW255, LAW256, LAW204.


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