LLAW6227 & JDOC6227

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6227 / JDOC6227
Course name: Introduction to Private International Law (Conflict of Laws)
Programme offered under: LLM Programme / JD Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credit / 6 credits

1.2 Course description

The field of private international law, also known as ‘the conflict of laws’, is a body of principles applied by a court to cases that involve foreign elements. It generally considers three major questions. First, the question of jurisdiction: when can parties seise a court in connection with matters involving a foreign element, or conversely, what are the conditions under which a court will accept jurisdiction to deal with such matters? Second, the question of applicable law: what system or systems of law will be applied to resolve such matters? Third, the question of recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments: what are the requirements and circumstances in which they will be recognised and enforced? These questions are particularly important for Hong Kong as an international financial centre and a leading legal and dispute resolution services hub, in which a significant proportion of disputes have a connection outside of Hong Kong, either with Mainland China, or with other jurisdictions.

This course equips students with a solid working knowledge of private international law. It also examines the connections between private international law and other areas of law, such as family law, international arbitration, and cross-border insolvency. Moreover, this course offers comparative perspectives with other jurisdictions when appropriate, including Mainland China, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, and the United States. It also considers the question of harmonisation of private international law from interregional and international perspectives, and the work of various international organisations in this respect.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Wilson Lui cywlui@connect.hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Understand and explain a substantial range of rules, principles, concepts, and values of private international law.

CLO 2 Apply a solid working knowledge of private international law effectively to decided cases and other factual scenarios and legal problems.

CLO 3 Demonstrate an awareness of the broader context of private international law by connecting it with other areas of law and appreciating the similarities and differences among jurisdictions through a comparative approach.

CLO 4 Discuss potential areas of development and reform in private international law.

2.2 LLM and JD Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link:

LLM – https://course.law.hku.hk/llm-plo/

JD – https://course.law.hku.hk/jd-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Mid-term case note OR mid-term test 1 Apr 2024 35% 1, 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Final essay 21 May 2024 65% 1, 2, 3 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Seminar: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/