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Blurry Boundaries of Public and Private International Law

Towards Convergence or Divergent Still?

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  • Addresses contemporaneous issues of significance – from international investment to COVID-19 pandemic

  • Takes a practical approach—using case study to examine the extent of intersectionality

  • Provides perspectives from different regions of the world such as Australia, India, UK, EU, USA, and others

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This book examines interactions and discusses intersectionality between public international law and private international law. With contributions from scholars from USA, Canada, Australia, India and EU, this book brings out truly international perspectives on the topic. The contributions are arranged in four themes—Public international law and private international law: historical and theoretical considerations of the boundary; Harmonisation of private international law by public international law instruments: evaluation of process, problems, and effectiveness; Case studies of intersectionality between public international law and private international law; Future trends in the relationship between public international  law and private international law. The ultimate aim of this book is to analyse whether these two legal disciplines become convergent or they are still divergent as usual. With wide coverage spanning across these four themes, the book has takeaways for a wide readership. For scholars and researchers in the fields of public international law and private international law, this book sparks further thoughts and debates in both disciplines and highlight areas for continuing research. For practitioners, this book offers fresh insights and perspectives on contemporaneous issues of significance. This book is also be a great resource for students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels taking subjects such as public international law or private international law or some related disciplines such as international sale of goods, international trade law or international investment law to advance their knowledge and understanding of the disciplines.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Public International Law and Private International Law: Historical and Theoretical Considerations of the Boundary

  2. Harmonisation of Private International Law by Public International Law Instruments—Evaluation of Process, Problems, and Effectiveness

  3. Case Studies of Intersectionality Between Public International Law and Private International Law

  4. Future Trends in Relationship Between Public International Law and Private International Law

Editors and Affiliations

  • Maritime Law, Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia

    Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit

  • Jindal Global Law School, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India

    Dharmita Prasad

About the editors

Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit is Lecturer in Maritime Law at the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania in Australia. Prior to joining the Australian Maritime College, he was Assistant Professor within the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, where he was also Associate Director of the (then) Hong Kong Centre for Maritime and Transportation Law. His research interests lie in the fields of private international law (conflict of laws), insurance law (marine and non-marine), private aspects of admiralty and maritime law (excluding law of the sea and regulations), carriage of goods by sea, international sale of goods carried by sea, and aspects of international arbitration (relevant to conflict of laws). He is Accredited Mediator by both the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL). He is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is also Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA). He was Executive Committee Member of the Hong Kong Maritime Law Association (HKMLA) and the Hong Kong Insurance Law Association Limited (HILA). In Australia, he is Member of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and Associate Member of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA). He has co-edited two books—China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Private International Law and Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. He is working on a monograph titled "Marine Insurance: Comparative Common Law Perspectives" to be published by Springer in a few years. 


Dharmita Prasad is an assistant professor at Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India. She litigated in criminal and civil matters from 2014 to 2017 at the Delhi High Court and district courts, before transitioning to academics. She is also a certified mediator by The International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, New Delhi. She has a master’s degree from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in international commercial law and undergraduate degree in law from the National Law University, Jodhpur, India. Her research interests are private international law, international arbitration, and international commercial law. She has presented papers at the University of Munich, the University of Johannesburg, and the London Centre for Commercial and Financial Law.

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