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LAWS409 Private International Law

International jurisdiction of domestic courts. Choice of law. International litigation. Enforcement and recognition of foreign judgements.

This paper offers an introduction to the conflict of laws - the law dealing with cross-border elements of civil and commercial relations. The following topics will be covered: principles of international jurisdiction; the choice of law process; international litigation procedure; and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements.

Paper title Private International Law
Paper code LAWS409
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 309
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Maria Hook

Course readings via eReserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Identify conflict of laws problems
  • Identify the conflict of laws rules and principles applicable to the problem
  • Analyse primary sources on the conflict of laws
  • Apply conflict of laws rules and principles to new cross-border problems
  • Evaluate the underlying purposes of the conflict of laws and the means by which these may be achieved

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-14, 16-22