LAWS6824 - Commercial Conflict of Laws

The unit will focus on commercial disputes with a transnational dimension and explore both the law and strategic considerations involved in jockeying for forum: why it can matter, how it is done and how it can be resisted.

This will involve a consideration of the jurisdictional rules for bringing proceedings in Australia against foreign defendants; the law relating to obtaining temporary and permanent stays of proceedings both on forum non conveniens grounds and by reference to exclusive jurisdiction and arbitration agreements; the role of anti-suit injunctions and negative declarations and some consideration of the enforcement of foreign judgments. Ancillary practical issues of great importance which are also considered include incoming and outgoing letters of request, the taking of evidence by video link, the role and proof of foreign law, foreign state immunity and provisional measures such as transnational freezing orders.

The unit has a strong practical bent and is particularly designed for those engaged or wanting to become engaged in commercial litigation and arbitration with a transnational dimension.


Semester 1 Intensive
16, 17 & 30, 31 May 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Please note: this unit replaced LAWS6824 Transnational Commercial Litigation and has a restricted class size.

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate law degree.


LAWS 6884 – International Commercial Litigation


  • Class Participation/Case Study (20%)
  • 7,000 Word Essay (80%)


Davies, Bell and Brereton Nygh’s Conflict of Laws in Australia (9th ed., 2014)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Graduate Diploma in Law | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law | Master of International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law | Master of International Business and Law