UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

LAWS5503 Conflict of Laws

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit offers an introduction to the general principles of international and interstate conflict of laws and legal issues arising in cases containing a foreign or interstate element. It deals with the jurisdiction of Australian courts; discretion in the exercise of jurisdiction; the cross-vesting legislation; introduction to theory and method in choice of law; choice of law in contract; tort and restitution; and the recognition and enforcement of foreign and interstate judgements.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) identify when a conflict of laws problem/issue is raised in a set of facts; (2) understand the principles which an Australian court will apply to decide if it has jurisdiction, and whether it will exercise that jurisdiction, over a matter and over the parties; (3) understand the principles which an Australian court will apply to choice of law issues involving statutes, contracts and torts; and (4) understand techniques which an Australian court will (or should) adopt and apply to conflict of laws issues raised in proceedings before it.
Assessment Students demonstrate achievement of the outcomes in a variety of assessment methods including an essay and examination. Details of assessment are advised in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Matthew Howard
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.law.uwa.edu.au/Units/LAWS5503/SEM-1/2017

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.