Visit by Professor Trevor Hartley

18 April 2013
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Professor Trevor Hartley

Professor Trevor Hartley from the London School of Economics was this year’s Legal Research Foundation Visiting Scholar and spent several weeks at the Auckland Law School. He arrived on 3 April and has given a public lecture, staff seminar and student lecture. He was also a keynote speaker at the Legal Research Foundation’s conference on International Litigation on 8 April.

Professor Hartley is Professor Emeritus of Law at the London School of Economics where he teaches International Business Transactions and Advanced Issues of European Law. He is a leading international expert on cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration. In his book, International Commercial Litigation (2009), he covers the jurisdiction and choice of law regimes of all the major countries in the world. He is also an expert on European Union law, with the 7th edition of his book, The Foundations of European Community Law published in 2010, and a new book, The New Law of Choice-of-Court Agreements: The Revised Brussels I Regulation, the Hague Convention and the Lugano Convention, being published this year. A prolific scholar, Professor Hartley has also published numerous articles, notes and comments in leading international law journals. As well as being an elected member of the American Law Institute and an invited member of the European Group for Private International Law, Professor Hartley has given evidence or delivered papers before committees of the House of Lords, the Swedish Parliament and the European Parliament.

Professor Hartley’s public lecture was held at Old Government House on 16 April. He took as his topic arbitration and the Brussels I Regulation. In his staff seminar he talked about choice of court agreements in Europe today. His student lecture was on libel tourism and the conflict of laws. He discussed the problem of persons – such as business people and film stars – with no connection with England going there to bring libel proceedings under England’s claimant-friendly libel laws against persons who also have no connection with the country.