Campbell McLachlan, 1984
This article calls for the adoption of an internationalist approach in developing the discipline of private international law in New Zealand. With reference to trans-national custody disputes and international child abduction, the author illustrates the need for internationally agreed solutions in order to secure conflicts justice for individuals caught up in trans-national family disputes. New Zealand should participate in the work of Hague Conference on Private International Law and contribute to the development of uniform private international law rules.
JLR Davis, 2010
The author considers the impact of several pieces of legislation on the relationship between Australia and New Zealand. Particular attention is paid to the extension of the jurisdiction of the superior courts of each county under the Trans-Tasman Proceedings Act 2010. The criticism of this extension regarding potential forum shopping as well as the problems related to the differing approaches to forum non conveniens issues are discussed. It is argued that the cumulative effect of this legislation has been to extend the jurisdictional reach of the courts of both countries to such an extent that their relationship can now be characterised as a loose confederation.