Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

LAWS487 Special Topic 16

An examination of major family law issues in a cross-border context. Topics considered include adoption, parenting arrangements, relationship status, surrogacy, property and family dispute resolution.

Paper title Special Topic 16
Paper code LAWS487
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $710.30
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Students who do not have the prerequisite may be admitted to the course with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Teaching staff

Professor Martha Bailey


Course materials for this paper are provided by the Faculty.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework relating to international cross-border jurisdiction in family law matters
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key international conventions relating to family law, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal framework relating to status recognition and enforcement of foreign in orders in domestic jurisdictions and their application to family disputes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different family traditions around the world

^ Top of page


Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system