International trade is crucial to every national economy yet trading across a myriad of legal regimes poses a number of legal issues. This course examines the way in which cross-border commercial disputes are resolved. The course will cover international conventions, selected national legislation and case law to introduce students to the general principles of the conflict of laws (private international law), with a particular focus on Australian principles in an international commercial context.

Successful completion of the course should enable students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the rules and limits of jurisdiction, the enforcement of judgments, and the conflict of laws methods used to resolve cross-border commercial litigation.

Topics covered include:

  • introduction to conflict laws
  • jurisdiction; limits on jurisdiction
  • choice of law
  • enforcement of judgments
  • contract
  • monetary obligations
  • property
  • corporations

Professor Craig Forrest

Associate Professor Craig Forrest Craig Forrest teaches and researches in the areas of private international law, cultural heritage law and maritime law at the TC Beirne School of Law. He is the Director of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, and has a research interest in all aspects of ‘wet’ maritime law. His current research focuses on the international law applicable to wrecks, a subject on which he is widely published, most recently in Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly. Craig was a member of the South African delegation to the UNESCO meeting of experts to draft the international convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage. Before turning to the law, Craig served as an officer in the South African Navy.

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This course may also be taken as a CPD course or a non-award course. 

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