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International arbitration scheme seeks to settle forum disputes

New scheme to in operation from September 2017

  • A new arbitration scheme for international divorces is to be in operation from September 2017.

    The International Family Law Arbitration Scheme (IFLAS) is the brainchild of David Hodson, from the International Family Law Group and Professor Patrick Parkinson from the University of Sydney.

    The scheme aims to reduce forum litigation by working out where any family differences should be resolved by ascertaining with which country they have the closest connection.

    Crucially, the arbitrator will come from a third party country as explained by Patrick:

    At the moment, forum disputes are heavily skewed to whichever party is able to manoeuvre the forum dispute to be heard in their country. Having a third country arbitrator is like having an umpire in a sports event who is not from either of the competing countries. This is impossible under any national justice system, but for the first time is possible with IFLAS.

    You can read more about the scheme on the iFLG website.

News, published: 05/06/2017


Published: 05/06/2017


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