Cyberspace a jurisdictional challenge for lawyers

3 May 2010

The Sydney Law School will tomorrow host a seminar to discuss the very modern challenges of private international law jurisdiction in cyberspace.

Guest speaker will be NSW Bar Barrister Justin Hogan-Doran who practices in commercial litigation, including maritime law, cross-border claims and international arbitration.

"Trade and commerce have become increasingly international - we no longer live in a world where merchants typically do business with others located in the same country. Businesses are just as likely to look to potential partners overseas, and will frequently conclude their transaction over the internet… without ever meeting or speaking to each other," says Associate Professor Chester Brown.

"In these transactions, it is relatively unimportant where the businesses are located. But when disputes arise out of these international transactions, complex issues can arise concerning the law and where the disputes should be resolved.

Associate Professor Brown makes the point that applying the traditional rules of private international law may not always lead to the best outcome, because the rules of jurisdiction were established before the age of technology. The cyberspace seminar aims to identify the best practice needed to make sure justice is done in these cross-territorial cases.

Speaker Justin Hogan-Doran was listed by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in 2009 and was a Menzies Scholar to Oxford University where he completed the BCL and M Phil, writing a thesis on private international law jurisdiction of laws in cyberspace. He teaches Transnational Commercial Litigation in the Sydney Law School's LLM in Europe Program and is currently undertaking a PhD in private international law at Sydney Law School.

When: 6pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 4 May 2010 (registration and refreshments from 5.30pm)

Where: Sydney Law School, New Law School Building, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus

Registration: $77 incl GST (full-time student concession $44 incl GST)

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