International Programs

Activities by area of expertise - Substantive law

All countries have a distinct legislative and  regulatory regimes drafted in response to the prevailing local climate and  context. Notwithstanding the significant divergence in laws, courts from other  countries have called upon the Federal Court for assistance in interpreting and  applying its laws; either because they are loosely based on Australian law, are  informed by the same international obligations, or because they wish to benefit  from the Court’s experience interpreting and applying laws new to their  jurisdiction.

The Federal Court has addressed judges and  courts of other countries, including China and Vietnam, on substantive law areas including environmental,  maritime and labour law. Further information about the Federal Court’s jurisdiction can be found in  the about us section of this website.

Materials: Substantive Environmental Law in Australia Guide, developed  as a resource for Partner Courts internationally, will be available for  download shortly.

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