International Family Law

22 July 2013

Professor Patrick Parkinson, AM and Professor Peter Rose, QC assisted by guest speakers including The Hon Diana Bryant, Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia will deliver this August intensive which examines the issues that arise in international family law cases and disputes.

International Family Law will demonstrate how international family law cases give rise to numerous difficult issuesthatrequire specialist legal advice.

Questions raised will include:

  • 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?
  • How does the Hague Convention on Child Abduction work and is it effective?
  • What about international enforcement of child support?

Patrick Parkinson is a professor of law at the University of Sydney and a specialist in family law, child protection and the law of equity and trusts.

He is President of the International Society of Family Law.

He has been a member of the NSW Child Protection Council, and was Chairperson of a major review of the state law concerning child protection which led to the enactment of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

The Hon. Peter I. Rose QC has a wealth of experience in Family Law Alternate Dispute Resolution.

This has been supplemented with mediation experience in professional negligence claims.

His knowledge and experience are based on a rare combination of being a recently retired Family Court Judge and previously a leading Queen's Counsel.

He has had many years of being engaged in those occupations, dealing with complex issues and people from many occupations with different backgrounds and cultures.


Sydney Law School

New Law Building (F10)

Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Semester 2 Intensive

8, 9 & 29, 30 August 2013

9am to 5pm


  • 1 x 4,000 Word Essay (50%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (50%)

International Family Law is available to study through the following Sydney Law School degree programmes:

Legal practitioners can count this unit of study towards Mandatory Continuing Legal Educaiton (MCLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Candidates can also enrol in this subject on a Legal Professional Development (LPD), Single Unit Enrolment or Cross-Institutional basis.

Candidates can elect to complete the assessment, claim the MCLE or CPD points and then count the unit towards a degree at a later stage.

Alternatively, candidates can elect not to complete the assessment but still claim the MCLE or CPD points.

For further enquiries or to apply or enrol, please contact the Postgraduate Team.

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

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