LAWS5503 Conflict of Laws

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case note; (2) assignment; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a Juris Doctor student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course
Unit Coordinator(s)
Matthew Howard SC
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
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