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Conflict of Laws

5th Edition

By Maebh Harding


312 pages

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Conflict of Laws provides a straight-forward and accessible introduction to English private international law. It examines the jurisdiction of English courts (and whether their judgments are enforced and recognized overseas) and the effect of foreign judgments in England. Recent years have seen an increased ‘Europeanization’ of English Law which has transformed the subject and this fifth edition takes into account key recent developments and regulations including proposed changes to Brussels I, Rome II, The Maintenance Regulation, Rome III, the proposed Rome IV and the proposed Succession Regulation.


Harding provides students with a clear understanding using pedagogic methods such as;

  • Key Issues checklists at the start of every chapter to help track important points for further study
  • Figures are used to aid understanding through visual learning
  • Further Reading is included at the end of every chapter to enourage and support additional study


Further developments addressed in the fifth edition include:

• The use of common law doctrines in EU cases such as West Tankers.

• The EU imperative for family relationships to be recognized across the EU in the context of citizen’s rights.

• Civil Partnerships and recognition of same sex partnership.

• Rome III, Rome IV and the distinction between maintenance and matrimonial property.

• Adoption, Parental Responsibility and International Child Abduction

• Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction


Conflict of Laws is an ideal choice for undergraduate and postgraduate students seeking a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to private international law.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Connecting Factors 3. Jurisdiction under Brussels I 4. Jurisdiction of the English Courts 5. Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments 6. Arbitration 7. Contract 8. Tort 9. Property 10. Marriage and Civil partnership 11. Divorce and Financial relief 12. Parentage and adoption 13. PR and Abduction

About the Author

Maebh Harding BCL (Law with French Law), Attorney-at -Law (NY), PhD (NUI) Sol. (Ireland), is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Portsmouth.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International