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The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand is a web-based platform for news, comment and scholarship on the conflict of laws/private international law in New Zealand


The platform hosts the following resources:

  • A searchable database of New Zealand scholarship on the conflict of laws.
  • Our blog 'The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand – News and Comment', featuring conflicts-related updates, notes, opinion pieces and research. If you would like to contribute to the blog as a guest author, please contact us. We welcome comments and submissions from anyone, including students.
  • Links to sources of the New Zealand conflict of laws and other relevant materials.

Search the database
Contact us to contribute to our blog
Browse the list of conflicts links


The conflict of laws – or private international law, as it is also known – solves cross-border problems arising in private legal relations. In our increasingly global and interconnected world, New Zealanders are constantly exposed to potential conflicts problems.

The purpose of the platform is to:

  • stimulate engagement with the New Zealand conflict of laws.
  • make the New Zealand conflict of laws more accessible to practitioners, students, academics and the general public.


Maria Hook is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Otago. Her main area of research is the conflict of laws. She teaches an optional undergraduate paper on the subject, and public international law.

Jack Wass is a barrister at Stout Street Chambers. He practices general commercial litigation, with focus on conflict of laws, public international law and arbitration.

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