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Few areas of English law have experienced a greater degree of change in the last decade than the conflict of laws. The speed of modern communications and the increasing impact of membership of the European Union have contributed to a flood of case law in the higher courts. The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (in force from 1987). the Contracts (Applicable Law) Act 1990 and the Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 have served to effect a revolution in a subject previously dominated by a limited number of common law judgments.
The late Raymond Smith's first edition of Conflict of Laws appeared in 1994 and introduced the English conflict of laws to those unfamiliar with this increasingly important area of law. For the second edition. the book has been expanded and updated to include the considerable changes in case law and legislation that have occurred since 1994 and aims to provide the student with a comprehensive guide to the subject.
The text considers the general principles of English private international law before examining the major areas of conflict law - jurisdiction and the recognition of judgments; the law of obligations; family law; and