Substantive public policy in cross-border litigation: a common law study

McKibbin, Sarah (2019) Substantive public policy in cross-border litigation: a common law study. [Thesis (PhD/Research)]

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This thesis examines the evolution of the substantive public policy exclusion in the cross-border litigation of major Anglo-common law jurisdictions. The substantive doctrine of public policy in its domestic and cross-border spheres of operation has long courted criticism for its uncertainty, ambiguity, and unruliness. As a means by which to exclude foreign law or deny recognition to a foreign judgment, cross-border public policy ultimately involves a moral evaluation of foreign law. This thesis sets out to deepen existing scholarly understanding of the historical and theoretical development of the substantive exception in cross-border litigation in Anglo-common law jurisdictions. In addition, it aims to rehabilitate the reputation of substantive public policy, which is still occasionally characterised as an ‘unruly horse’ in need of taming. It fulfils this aim by examining substantive public policy’s modern content in the jurisprudence of major Anglo-common law jurisdictions and recommending two new species of exception: public international law and foreign governmental interests.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Supervisors: Mortensen, Reid; Breda, Vito
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 04:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2020 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: public policy, private international law
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180107 Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39489

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