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Maria Hook

Maria HookBCA LLB(Hons) PhD(Well)

Contact

Tel +64 3 479 4961
Office: Richardson Building, 8th Floor, 8N6
Email maria.hook@otago.ac.nz

Research interests

Maria’s primary research interest is private international law (the conflict of laws), which is the law dealing with civil cross-border matters. She is the co-author of New Zealand’s first comprehensive text on the subject, The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand (LexisNexis, 2020), and she is an editor of the online platform The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand.

The Conflict of Laws in New Zealand website

Maria’s work ranges widely across the different functions of the conflict of laws. She is very interested in the methodological framework that shapes the resolution of conflict of laws problems, and she has written comprehensively on the role of party autonomy in choice of law (The Choice of Law Contract (Hart, 2016)). She often takes an internationalist approach to her research, covering both common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Prior to joining the Faculty in 2014, Maria was a judges’ clerk at the High Court of New Zealand and worked as a Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington, where she also completed her PhD.

Maria currently teaches Private International Law, International Law, International Litigation and Dispute Settlement, and the Law of Torts.

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Publications

Hook, M., & Wass, J. (2020). The conflict of laws in New Zealand: A comprehensive analysis of civil cross-border matters in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis, 751p.

Hook, M. (2019). The conflict of laws as a shared language for the cross-border application of statutes. In M. Douglas, V. Bath, M. Keyes & A. Dickinson (Eds.), Commercial issues in private international law: A common law perspective. (pp. 175-200). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishers.

Hook, M. (2019). A first principles approach to couples' property in the conflict of laws. Journal of Private International Law, 15(2), 257-287. doi: 10.1080/17441048.2019.1647990

Hook, M. (2018). Applying Israel’s Anti-Boycott Law to New Zealand activists. New Zealand Law Journal, (November), 318-320 & 324.

Hook, M. (2017/2018). New Zealand's choice of law rules relating to tort. In A. Bonomi & G. P. Romano (Eds.), Yearbook of Private International Law Vol. XIX. (pp. 313-332). Lausanne, Switzerland: Swiss institute of Comparative Law. doi: 10.9785/9783504386078-016

Authored Book - Research

Hook, M., & Wass, J. (2020). The conflict of laws in New Zealand: A comprehensive analysis of civil cross-border matters in New Zealand. Wellington, New Zealand: LexisNexis, 751p.

Hook, M. (2016). The choice of law contract. Oxford, UK: Hart, 255p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Hook, M. (2019). The conflict of laws as a shared language for the cross-border application of statutes. In M. Douglas, V. Bath, M. Keyes & A. Dickinson (Eds.), Commercial issues in private international law: A common law perspective. (pp. 175-200). Oxford, UK: Hart Publishers.

Hook, M. (2017/2018). New Zealand's choice of law rules relating to tort. In A. Bonomi & G. P. Romano (Eds.), Yearbook of Private International Law Vol. XIX. (pp. 313-332). Lausanne, Switzerland: Swiss institute of Comparative Law. doi: 10.9785/9783504386078-016

Hook, M. (2017). Private international law and human rights. In M. Bedggood, K. Gledhill & I. McIntosh (Eds.), International human rights law in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 1107-1138). Wellington, New Zealand: Thomson Reuters.

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Journal - Research Article

Hook, M. (2019). A first principles approach to couples' property in the conflict of laws. Journal of Private International Law, 15(2), 257-287. doi: 10.1080/17441048.2019.1647990

Hook, M. (2018). Applying Israel’s Anti-Boycott Law to New Zealand activists. New Zealand Law Journal, (November), 318-320 & 324.

Hook, M. (2017). The “statutist trap” and subject-matter jurisdiction. Journal of Private International Law, 13(2), 435-462. doi: 10.1080/17441048.2017.1334348

Hook, M., & Wass, J. (2017). The Employment Relations Act and its effect on contracts governed by foreign law. New Zealand Law Journal, 3, 80-87.

Wass, J., & Hook, M. (2017). Reform of choice of law rules for tort. New Zealand Law Journal, 1, 24-26.

Hook, M. (2016). Reasonable forseeability of harm as an element of nuisance. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 47, 267-282.

Hook, M. (2015). The concept of modal choice of law rules. Journal of Private International Law, 11(2), 185-211. doi: 10.1080/17441048.2015.1070570

Hook, M. (2014). The choice of law agreement as a reason for exercising jurisdiction. International & Comparative Law Quarterly, 63(4), 963-975. doi: 10.1017/S0020589314000451

Hook, M. (2012). Party autonomy: Yes or no? The 'commodification' of the law applicable to matrimonial property relationships. Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, 4, 587-596.

Hook, M. (2011). Arbitration agreements and anational law: A question of intent? Journal of International Arbitration, 28(3), 175-186.

Hook, M. (2008). New Zealand's Accident Compensation Scheme and man-made disease. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 39, 289-318.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Hook, M. (2014). The choice of law contract (PhD). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

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