The 7th Journal of Private International Law Conference starts tomorrow 3rd August 2017 at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Private international law or what is referred to as conflict of laws in the commonwealth jurisdiction is quite a unique area of law, highly significant but not widely studied. It is the branch of law that seeks to allocate jurisdiction and applicable law to issues that touch different legal districts. Many transactions today criss-cross different borders and in the absence of any legal regime that regulates the allocation of jurisdiction and competing applicable laws, there is bound to be chaos in transnational litigation. Predictability and certainty of laws cannot be guaranteed in this situation, there is no security for international transactions, international trade in goods and services will be seriously hampered and we can continue to list the implications.
This 7th Private International Law conference like its predecessors shall address emerging issues in this subject area. This year’s conference will focus on the recent developments in EU Private International Law, Brexit and its implications on free movement of people, goods and services both within and outside the EU and recent developments in the Hague Conference in the areas of Family laws and the Judgments Project.
About 80 speakers from every part of the world will be making presentations on various aspects of private international law as mentioned above from Thursday 3rd August 2017 through Saturday 5th August 2017.
Conflict of laws is grossly understudied in Nigeria. There is dearth of scholarship in this area. There are only very few Faculties with expertise offering this course in Nigeria. Lagos State University, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, Babcock University are the leading centres of learning for this course. Four Nigerians were among those selected to present at this august occasion. They are Abubakri Yekini a PhD researcher at University of Aberdeen (UK) who also teaches the course at Lagos State University, Dr Abila Sylvanus (Niger Delta University) and Miss Onyoja Momoh, a Nigerian-born British doctoral researcher at University of Aberdeen.