NLUD: Mini-Course on “Comparative Private International Law”

NLUD: Mini-Course on “Comparative Private International Law”

National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) established in 2008 by Act No.1 of 2008 of National Capital Territory of Delhi and with the initiative of High Court of Delhi, is a premier Law University established in India. The vision of the University is to create a Global Legal Institution which will compete with the best outside India and to prepare lawyers for a legal career that introduces them to wide range of opportunities in legal profession across the globe. The University is offering the five-year integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) Programme from the year 2008 and the LL.M., Ph.D. and P.G. diploma programme from the year 2011.

Date: September 11-13, 2017

About The Course:

The University is organizing a 3-days mini-course on “Comparative Private International Law” by Professor Symeon C. Symeonides. This course will examine how different countries resolve certain conflicts between their respective laws and how they respond to some of the fundamental philosophical and methodological questions of Private International Law (PIL). After a brief exposition of how classical PIL formulated and answered these questions, NLUD will compare the answers given to the same questions by the nearly two hundred national PIL codifications and international conventions adopted around the world during the last fifty years.

NLUD will begin with two practical questions: (1) How various countries resolve tort conflicts; and (2) To what extend they allow contracting parties to agree on the law that will govern their future disputes (party autonomy). That will continue by examining some broader questions and themes, including the following:



  • The extent to which PIL is truly “private” and “international” law, the assumptions undergirding these terms, as well as the assumptions underlying the term “conflict of laws”, by which this subject is known in some parts of the world;

  • The two seemingly antithetical methods of choosing the applicable law—unilateralism and multilateralism—and the extent to which they co-exist in contemporary PIL systems;

  • The dilemma between “conflicts justice” and “material justice”, namely whether, in devising solutions for conflicts of laws, PIL should aim for the law of the proper state or instead the law that will produce the proper substantive result; and

  • The perennial tension between the need for legal certainty, on the one hand, and the desire for flexible individualized solutions, on the other hand.


Participation & Registration:

Nominations from faculty members and researchers, interested in the area of Private International Law, are invited to attend this course. The intake of this course will be 40 participants.

Registration Fees:



  • The registration fee is Rs. 1500/- (without accommodation) and Rs. 5000/- (with accommodation, on a first come basis).

  • Registration Fee shall be payable via an online payment link which shall be communicated to registered participants. For registration, kindly send an email with the registration form to ctcl@nludelhi.ac.in by 10th August 2017.


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