Seminar on Choice of Court Convention and Draft Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Increasing the effectiveness of transnational litigation: the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and the Draft Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW ASSOCIATION (AUSTRALIAN BRANCH)

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Speakers: Professor Richard Garnett and Mr Andrew Walter

Professor Richard Garnett is professor of law at the University of Melbourne and a consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills.   Andrew Walter is Assistant Secretary, Civil Law Unit, Australian Attorney General’s Department. They are both members of the Australian Government Delegation of Experts to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (Jurisdiction and Judgments Convention).

Professor Garnett and Mr Walter will speak about the draft Hague Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments (the Draft Judgments Convention) and the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements (the Choice of Courts Convention). The Draft Judgments Convention was presented to first special commission on the convention in the Hague in June 2016. The Choice of Court Convention entered into force on 1 October 2015 following approval by the European Union and the Australian Government is considering ratification of the convention. It aims to ensure that choice of court agreements between parties to international commercial transactions are effective.

The seminar will be held in Melbourne with a video link to Sydney. It is directed to practitioners and law students, who would like to learn more about developments which aim to increase the effectiveness of transnational litigation. It will also provide an opportunity for potential applicants for the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship to learn more about the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

The Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship is awarded each year to a graduate or post graduate student of an Australian law school by the ILA (AB) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs. In 2017 the 12th Peter Nygh Hague Conference Intern will travel to the Hague to undertake a 6 month internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

DETAILS

  • Date: 9 September 2016
  • Time: 12:30 pm for a 12:45 pm start
  • Venue: MinterEllison, level 23, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne
  • By video link to: MinterEllison, level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney
  • Cost: Free admission
  • Sandwich lunch provided
  • RSVP to timothy.gorton@minterellison.com