Facing Outwards: Australian private international law in the 21st century

10 April 2013

To register and make your secure online payment, please CLICK HERE



The nation's prosperity depends not only on the willingness of its businesses to export goods and services, and of its citizens and residents to travel to take advantage of opportunities overseas, but also on the willingness of the businesses and citizens of other nations (in particular in the Asia-Pacific region) to come to Australia to do business.

Economic expansion, and parallel increases in tourism and immigration, have brought Australians into more frequent contact with the laws and legal systems of other nations. At the same time, the legal systems of Australia are faced with a growing number of disputes involving foreign facts and parties. Against this background, the Attorney-General's current review of Australian private international law is timely and calls for debate as to the best way forward in terms of policy and substantive rulemaking.

This conference, jointly organised by Sydney and Griffith Law Schools, brings together experts from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe to consider the recent and future development of the law in this area.


Roger Wilkins AO, Attorney General's Department

PANEL 1: 10.00am-11.15am
The advancement of private international law in the Asia-Pacific region
Adeline Chong, Singapore Management University
Yujun Guo, Wuhan University
Elsabe Schoeman, University of Auckland

MORNING TEA: 11.15am-11.30am

PANEL 2: 11.30pm-12.45pm
International co-operation and advancement in private international law
Andrew Dickinson, Sydney Law School
Michael J Hartmann, Asia-Pacific Regional Office of The Hague and formery Justice of the Court of Appeal of Hong Kong
Mary Keyes, Griffith Law School

LUNCH: 12.45pm-2.00pm

PANEL 3: 2.00pm-3.15pm
The SCLJ Harmonisation Project: The story so far, and next steps
Thomas John, Attorney General's Department

Richard Garnett, Melbourne Law School
Andrew S Bell SC, Eleven Wentworth Chambers

AFTERNOON TEA: 3.15pm-3.30pm

PANEL 4: 3.30pm-4.45pm
The Trans-Tasman Treaty: State of play, and future impact
Reid Mortensen, University of Sthn Queensland
David Goddard QC, Thorndon Chambers (Wellington)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS 5.00pm-5.30pm
The Honourable James Allsop AO, Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia; formerly President, NSW Court of Appeal

Join us for drinks and canap├ęs to celebrate the end of the conference.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at thisconference is 6 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law, Griffith Law Schooland .

PRICE(GST Inclusive)
Early Bird Full Day: $132 (extended until March 29!)
Full day: $150 (after March 29)
Alumni/USYD staff: $110
Full time student: $50
Group: $110 per person (5 or more from the same organisation)

*Program is subject to change

Time: 9.15am-6.15pm

Location: New Law Building (F10) Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: As above

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 9351 0323

Email: 3559151f4a1d0958203912444e091d2128471d314c481647