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Private international law

 

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The Private International and Commercial Law Section has legislative and policy responsibility for civil and commercial law matters between private individuals or entities across international borders.

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We serve as the National Organ to the Hague Conference on Private International Law.

We are also the Australian Central Authority for the following:

  • Hague Convention of 15 November 1965 on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Hague Convention of 18 March 1970 on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters
  • Agreement on Judicial Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters and Co-operation in Arbitration between Australia and the Kingdom of Thailand 1998
  • Treaty on Judicial Assistance in Civil and Commercial Matters between Australia and the Republic of Korea 1999

We also help to develop and harmonise principles and rules to resolve private international law issues such as jurisdiction, choice of law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments.

Our work includes both domestic projects and those developed by international organisations.

These include the:

  • International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).