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SAVE THE DATE: Commercial Issues in Private International Law Conference   View Summary
16 February 2018


Registration - please email if you would like to be notified of when registration opens.

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:

  • The Hon Justice Paul le Gay Brereton, Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • The Hon Kenneth Hayne AC QC
  • Professor Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford
  • Professor TM Yeo, Singapore Management University
  • Professor Vivienne Bath, University of Sydney
  • Dr Andrew Bell SC, NSW Bar
  • Mr Michael Douglas, University of Sydney
  • 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
  • Professor Reid Mortensen, University of Southern Queensland
  • Mr Donald Robertson, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Mr Andrew Walter, Attorney-General’s Department


The full program will be released in late 2017.


Registration fees (inc. GST):

Academic early bird (no half day): $150

Academic full fee (no half day): $200

Practitioner early bird (no half day): $200

Practitioner half day rate: $125

Practitioner full day: $250

Student: $50


Anyone with an interest in private international law is welcome.

We particularly encourage practitioners to attend: CPD points will be available.


SAVE THE DATE: 'New Citizenship' Conference: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century   View Summary
15 March 2018 to 16 March 2018

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The New Citizenship: Law, Legal Status and Belonging in the 21st Century

Laws and policies governing citizenship and nationality are undergoing dramatic challenges and changes in Australia and around the world. This conference at Sydney Law School will explore these developments, with interdisciplinary perspectives on: new citizenship deprivation regimes; changes to naturalization tests and eligibility; evolution of dual citizenship and entitlements of dual citizens; changes to immigration laws affecting access to citizenship; the impact of international law on national citizenship laws, and many more.


It will feature:



  • Elisa Arcioni, The University of Sydney
  • Heli Askola, Monash University
  • Mary Crock, The University of Sydney
  • Luara Ferracioli, The University of Sydney
  • Helen Irving, The University of Sydney
  • Ana Tanasoca, University of Canberra
  • Sangeetha Pillai, UNSW
  • Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney University
  • Kim Rubenstein, ANU
  • Gwenda Tavan, La Trobe University
  • Christopher Tran, Victorian Bar
  • Rayner Thwaites, The University of Sydney


The Conference is supported by the Sydney Law School, the Constitutional Reform Unit, and the Sydney Centre for International Law.