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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Private International Law
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

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    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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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