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Conflict of Laws. Unit 28. Compare the following situations:. Topics to be decided:. the court jurisdiction (Does an English court have the competence to hear and determine a case?)

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Conflict of Laws

Unit 28

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Compare the following situations:

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Topics to be decided:

the court jurisdiction (Does an English court have the competence to hear and determine a case?)

the selection of the appropriate rules of a system of law (English or foreign?) – the rules governing this selection are known as “choice of law”

the recognition and enforcement of judgements rendered by foreign courts

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A situation in which a case contains a foreign element...






involving more than

one territory

TERRITORY: state, province, canton...

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Read the following defintion and underline the key words.

Conflict of laws means discordance between the laws of one country and another, as applied to the same subject-matter,...

Rules of law have been developed to deal with conflict of laws, rules for determining which country’s courts are the appropriate forum for the dispute, and which country’s law is the appropriate law for the resolution of the dispute.

J. E. Penner: The Law Student’s Dictionary, Oxford, 2008

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A)in common law system

- a branch of international law that regulates all lawsuits

involving a "foreign" law element

B)in civil law system

- a law branch of internal legal system dealing with

1) the determination of which state law is

applicable to situations crossing out the borders

of one particular state and involving a "foreign"


2) the international civil procedure and international

commercial arbitration (collisions of jurisdiction,

conflict of jurisdictions).

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Areas of law potentialy involving conflict of laws:

  • Law of obligations (contracts, torts)

  • Property and succession (property inter vivos, succession, matrimonial property relations)

  • Family law (marriage, divorce, children)

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Case example

  • A who has a French nationality and residence in Germany

  • B who has American nationality, domicile in Arizona, and residence in Austria

  • C a Swiss national, owns property in Switzerland

    a) A corresponds with B over the internet. They agree the joint purchase of land in Switzerland, currently ownedbyC, but they never physically meet.

  • They execute initial contract documents by using mail, followed by a postal exchange of hard copies.

  • A pays his share of the deposit but, before the transaction is completed, B admits that although he has capacity to buy land under his lex domicilii and the law of his residence, he is too young to own land under Swiss law.

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Matrimonial cases...


  • the place of marriage ≠ the territory where divorce was filed

  • the parties’ nationalities and residence do not match

  • there is property in a foreign jurisdiction

  • parties have changes residence several times during the marriage

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Important expressions

- conflictoflaws – privateinternationallaw

  • discordancebetweenthelaws

  • theresolutionofthedispute

  • judicialjurisdiction

  • recognitionofforeignjudgements

  • territorialdiversityof legal systems

  • international / interstate / intercantonalconflicts...

  • thechoiceoflaw

  • foreign element (in a case)

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Translate the following sentence.

U užem smislu riječi, sukob zakona podrazumijeva sukob između zakona koji pripadaju različitim državama radi rješavanja konkretnoga slučaja koji može biti, po različitim osnovama, riješen primjenom zakona dviju ili više država.

Pravni leksikon Leksikografskog zavoda Miroslav Krleža

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Zakon o rješavanju sukoba zakona s propisima drugih zemalja u određenim odnosima, NN 53/91, 88/01


Članak 1.

Ovaj zakon sadrži pravila o određivanju mjerodavnog prava za statusne, porodične i imovinske odnosno druge materijalnopravne odnose s međunarodnim elementom.

Ovaj zakon sadrži i pravila o nadležnosti sudova i drugih organa Republike Hrvatske za raspravljanje odnosa iz stavaka 1, ovog članaka, pravila postupka i pravila za priznanje i izvršenje stranih sudskih i arbitražnih odluka.

Read part II of this law “APPROPRIATE LAW” and make notes about different situations and the rules about the applicability of law refering to them (e.g. Custody, contract, marriage).

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