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The International Law Association and New South Wales Young Lawyers association are hosting a half-day conference next week. It will cover a range of topical issues of international law in the settlement of international disputes, including international commercial arbitration. A copy of the programme is available here. Interested attendees may register via this link.

Private International Law in Australia
The 4th edition of this leading book authored by Professors Reid Mortensen, Richard Garnett and Mary Keyes has been published with Lexis Nexis and is available for purchase as a paperback or an eBook here. Significant recent developments in the private international law of Australia, including legislative reforms and important case law, are examined in this edition. In addition to a detailed analysis of the principles applicable to jurisdiction, choice of law and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, the authors give dedicated attention to international arbitration, family law and company law. This edition also features a brand-new chapter on the choice of law rules applicable to equitable claims and trusts. This book will be a valuable addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the private international law principles applicable in common law jurisdictions, particularly in Australia.

Closing soon: ELI Young Lawyers Award

The European Law Institute is calling for submissions for its 2019 ELI Young Lawyers Award. Candidates must be law students (undergraduate or postgraduate) at a European university. The call is for a unique and original paper which has not previ­ously been published and which deals with a European legal issue that is ripe for reform. Papers must be submitted by April 30, 2019, 20:00 CET in any of the EU official languages along with an English translation. Further details can be found here.

To celebrate its 150th birthday, the Société de législation comparée is organizing a comparative law essay competition. It is open to all lawyers, of all nationalities, regardless of their speciality. Membership of the Society is not required to participate.

Entrants will compose, on a subject of their choice, an essay which is supported by comparative legal reasoning.

The submitted text must be unpublished, never formally examined and contain at least 100,000 characters. It can be written in French or English. Entrants must send a print and an electronic version of the text to the Société de législation comparée, 28 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris, France and no later than October 15, 2019. The application form must be attached to the text.

The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’), Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, are now inviting submissions for volume 20(2). MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal, based at the University of Melbourne.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2019. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to For more information, please visit

The Journal of Private International Law is inviting abstracts for its 8th conference to be held at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich from 12-14 September 2019. Abstracts of up to 500 words from scholars, at any stage of their career, should be sent to by Monday 7 January 2019.

The Journal has held very successful conferences in Aberdeen (2005), Birmingham (2007), New York (2009), Milan (2011), Madrid (2013), Cambridge (2015) and Rio de Janeiro (2017). Its biennial conferences provide a unique forum for scholars from all over the world to meet and advance the discipline of private international law.

Closing soon: 2019 Nygh Hague Conference Internship Award

Applications for the 2019 Nygh Hague Conference Internship Award close at the end of this month. The award contributes towards the costs of a student or graduate, of an Australian law school, working for up to six months at the Secretariat of the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the Netherlands.

The internship aims to foster Australian involvement in the work of the Hague Conference and is established in memory of the late Hon. Dr. Peter Nygh AM. The Australian Institute of International Affairs and the Australian Branch of the International Law Association sponsor the award.

The successful candidate is expected to start the internship in The Hague on 14 January 2019. Further details and information on how to apply is available here.

Professor Daniel Girsberger of the University of Lucerne is seeking to employ a Senior Research Assistant to work on a global project on Choice of Law in International Commercial Contracts. The part-time position is funded by the Swiss National Research Fund (SNF), initially for a period of three years. It is envisaged that the successful candidate would work from the University of Lucerne (and/or Geneva).

The successful candidate will:

Last year we posted about an upcoming conference at the University of Sydney Law School on Commercial Issues in Private International Law. The programme for the conference, which will take place on 16 February 2018, is now available here.

Professor Andrew Dickinson, University of Oxford, and Professor TM Yeo, Singapore Management University, will give the keynote addresses.

Conference registration can be carried out via this link.

Entries for the St Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize will close on 15 November 2017. The first prize, to the value of 10 million rubles, will be awarded to the author of the best research monograph or author(s) of a research article published on any topic of private law, private international law or comparative law. There is no word or page limit for monographs and articles. (Textbooks and academic commentaries are not eligible.)

Candidates’ monographs or articles must be nominated by one of the 81 universities and institutions listed on pages 8-11 of the competition guidelines, which are accessible here: