International Family Law (LAWS6304)


Family law disputes quite frequently involve parties who are citizens of, or have a right of abode in, other countries. It is common also for parties to have assets located in other countries. These international family law cases give rise to numerous difficult issues and require specialist legal advice. In which jurisdiction should a client file and what urgency is there to secure the jurisdiction of choice? How will Australian courts deal with forum disputes? To what extent are foreign court orders enforceable in Australia and will Australian orders be enforced in an overseas' jurisdiction? What steps need to be taken to prevent, as far as possible, the movement of assets overseas or, indeed, children overseas? How does the Hague Convention on Child Abduction work and is it effective? What about international enforcement of child support? This unit of study will examine these and other questions with an emphasis on the law in practice.

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Mar 3, 4, 31 & Apr 1 (9-5)


4000wd essay (50%) and take-home exam (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

Available to students who hold a law degree or knowledge of private international law

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.