Commercial Issues in Private International Law Conference

16 February 2018



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This conference will consider key issues at the intersection of commercial law and private international law.

As people, business, and information cross borders, so too do legal disputes. Globalisation means that courts need to invoke principles of private international law with increasing frequency. Thus, as the Law Society of New South Wales recognised in its 2017 report on the Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession, knowledge of private international law is increasingly important to the practice of law.

This conference will bring together members of the judiciary, the profession, academia, and government to discuss private international law as it relates to commercial law. The conversation will be timely. In late 2016, the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules were amended in respect of service outside of the jurisdiction. In 2017, Australia is likely to accede to the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, and to implement the Hague Principles on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The extraterritorial application of the Australian Consumer Law is under consideration by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. While Brexit and the rise of Trump may have signalled a retreat from globalism, arguably, that is not the experience of private international law in Australia.


The conference will cover a range of current issues including:

  • Choice of court agreements
  • Service outside of the jurisdiction
  • Identification of the law applicable to cross-border contracts
  • The extra-territorial operation of statutes impacting cross-border contracts
  • Private international law issues for arbitration
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments
  • The Hague Judgments Project.


Contributors include:

  • Professor Vivienne Bath, University of Sydney
  • Dr Andrew Bell SC, NSW Bar
  • The Hon Justice Paul le Gay Brereton, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Professor Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Dr Albert Dinelli, Victorian Bar
  • Mr Michael Douglas, University of Sydney
  • Ms Melissa-Jane Ford, Attorney-General's Department
  • Dr Benjamin Hayward, Monash University
  • Ms Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, NSW Bar
  • Mr Justin Hogan-Doran, NSW Bar
  • Dr Maria Hook, University of Otago
  • Dr Jeanne Huang, University of New South Wales
  • Professor Mary Keyes, Griffith University
  • Ms Brooke Adele Marshall, Max Planck Institute
  • Professor Reid Mortensen, University of Southern Queensland
  • The Hon Justice Steven Rares, Federal Court of Australia
  • Mr Donald Robertson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Professor James Stellios, Australian National University
  • Professor TM Yeo, Singapore Management University


View the program (updated as at 12 February 2018)


Registration fees (inc. GST):

Early bird (until 31 January 2018):

Academic early bird (no half day): $150

Practitioner early bird (no half day): $200

Early bird has now closed.


Full fee:

Academic full day (no half day): $200

Practitioner full day: $250

Practitioner half day rate: $125

Student: $50


Anyone with an interest in private international law is welcome.

We particularly encourage practitioners to attend.


CPD points: 7


This conference is sponsored by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law (CAPLUS), Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL), and the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law (Parsons Centre) at The University of Sydney Law School.


Time: 9am - 5.20pm (cocktail reception to follow conference)

Location: LT104, Sydney Law School, New Law Building Annex (F10A), Eastern Avenue, Camperdown

Cost: See above

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 21093c1e01221256221d2a2228312156166d071c20771243