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Forum non conveniens in Australia-how much weight should be given to comity?


Sooksripaisarnkit, P, Forum non conveniens in Australia-how much weight should be given to comity?, Blurry Boundaries of Public and Private International Law: Towards Convergence or Divergent Still?, Springer, P Sooksripaisarnkit and D Prasad (ed), Singapore, pp. 51-66. ISBN 9789811684791 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-16-8480-7_4


A historical tracing suggested that the concept of comity has its root from public international law. In modern days, it forms a rationale underpinning the doctrine of forum non conveniens in private international law. However, Australia has rejected a popular formulation of the ‘more appropriate forum’ test used in England and other common law jurisdictions and instead decided to adopt a more stringent test of ‘clearly inappropriate forum’. To what extent is this version of the forum non conveniens doctrine in compatible with the comity concept? It is argued that the courts in Australia largely pay lip service to the comity concept in their consideration.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:comity, forum non conveniens, more appropriate forum, clearly inappropriate forum
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:International and comparative law
Research Field:Conflict of laws (incl. private international law)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Sooksripaisarnkit, P (Dr Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit)
ID Code:149087
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2022-03-07
Last Modified:2022-07-15

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