Private International Law

23 November 2011

Sydney Law School has placed private international law at the heart of its curriculum, recognising its increasing importance in legal practice in Australia and other legal systems.

"With the expansion of trade and travel comes an inevitable increase in cross-border litigation," according to Sydney Law School's Professor of Private International Law, Andrew Dickinson.

"The global financial crisis has only added to the number and complexity of cross-border problems facing courts in Australia and elsewhere.

"Moreover, private international law does not concern itself only with the resolution of disputes - an understanding of its concepts and strategies is essential in planning international business and financing transactions.

"Its importance is emphasised by the fact that there are now few contracts with a cross-border element that do not contain governing law and choice of court/arbitration provisions.

"The effectiveness of those provisions, however, varies to a surprising degree between legal systems, and it is essential for practitioners to understand the limits in identifying and controlling legal risk."

The study of cross-border aspects of disputes and transactions forms an integral part of many units in Sydney Law School's Postgraduate Program.

Two intensive units to be taught in 2012 by Professor Andrew Dickinson will enable students to specialise in private international law topics, and to compare and contrast the approaches taken to the problems raised by competition between legal systems in Australia and the European Union.

The units will be taught and assessed separately, but the content of the two units and assessment regime have been designed to offer students the chance to take both courses and to pursue a broader, comparative approach to the subject.

Private International Law examines the rules of Australian law and the approach of the Australian courts in relation to legal questions which have a transborder or transnational dimension i.e. a relevant connection with a foreign legal system.

European Private International Law looks at the rapid development of private international law in the EU and its relationship with other elements of EU law and private international law within and outside the Member States.

An additional unit, International Commercial Litigation, will be taught as part of the 2012 Sydney Law School in Europe Program (Humboldt Law School, Berlin, 20-21 & 24-25 September 2012).

These units may be available to study through Sydney Law School degree programmes, including:

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

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

Further information on the 2012 Sydney Law School Postgraduate Program

Contact: Greg Sherington

Phone: +61 2 9351 0202

Email: 77435236657850104a5b00140000390d3c3b1007122b1d03525a442923