The topic for Current Issues in International Law (Private) in Semester 2, 2021 is International Family Law

Semester long - 1 day/week
Next course:
3 August 20215 October 2021 (see all)
Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb
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Topics covered

An outline of proposed content includes:

  • International law and status for cross border families; United Nations, Hague, EU and other - their purpose, justification and national validation, jurisprudence, limitations including from national governments.
  • Distinctive issues facing international families; status and formations of family relationships; termination of relationships
  • Children; International instruments, child abduction, other international child issues
  • Finance; financial claims in international family law litigation, claims as to property and capital, child support and spousal maintenance, personal autonomy.
  • Working to the future; The actors, the digital, future directions of international family justice.

Who is the course designed for

Our CPD courses are available to professionals interested in contemporary legal issues.

Whether you're looking to acquire CPD points, expand your knowledge in a specific area of the law, or gain a general understanding of legal issues impacting your profession, our courses will equip you to go further in every possible future.

Style of learning

Our courses are delivered in collaborative, seminar-style teaching environments, in the award-winning Forgan Smith building.

Our CPD participants benefit from small class sizes which encourage group discussion and debate, and 1-on-1 access to industry experts and leading researchers.


This course is delivered at UQ St Lucia campus.

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Enrolment options

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This course is available as an option in our enhanced Masters of Laws program for qualified legal practitioners.  


Upcoming sessions

3 August 2021 9:00am5 October 2021 5:00pm
Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb

CPD enrolment closes two weeks prior to the course start date.

No entry requirements apply, you are not required to submit assessment and your course participation cannot be used as academic credit towards a degree qualification.

Our courses count toward Queensland Law Society Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points if you can demonstrate relevance to your legal practice.

Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb is a family law dispute resolution specialist with a particular specialisation in international cases. He is an English solicitor, mediator, family arbitrator, Deputy (part time) District Judge at the Central Family Court, London and an Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister. He deals with complex family law cases, often with an international element.

He is practising in London, England and Sydney, Australia. He is a partner and co-founder (2007) of The International Family Law Group LLP,, the world's first law firm specifically dedicated to serving international families and their children and families with international, foreign assets. 

He was appointed OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for “services to international family law”.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law (UK) and Honorary Professor at Leicester University UK, giving keynote lectures and contributing to the development in the education of family law.