Conflict of Laws is a field of law which is not widely known to the ordinary law practitioner. It has to be considered only if a particular litigation has a foreign element as, for example, when the contract in issue was entered into in another country or was to be performed in another country. This is only one example, and there are numerous other situations where the principles of conflict of laws may have to be applied- if parties were married abroad; if the deceased was domiciled abroad; if the company was incorporated abroad, etc. Resort to the rules of conflict of laws may be necessary in the most diverse situations. This branch of law is likely to be of growing importance in India as there is increasing international trade, more cross-border investment and, as increasingly, more Indians live and settle outside India.
Dr V K Ahuja is Associate Professor in Faculty of Law, University of Delhi having a teaching experience of over 23 years. He holds LL.M. and Ph.D. from University of Delhi and M.Phil. from JNU, New Delhi. He has also completed a certificate course on Law Teaching and Legal Research Skills at Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, UK in 2004. He has authored three books on I PR, and two volumes of Halsburys Annotated Statutes of India. He was honoured with an award in the Fifth South Asian Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law organised jointly by the International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2003.