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Prof David Hodson OBE MCIArb will be running again this year an International Family Law module on a Masters degree course in Current Issues in International Law (Private) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.  But this time the lectures will be presented remotely to the students in Brisbane and elsewhere, by David from his home in Surrey.  The University of Queensland, like many academic institutions around the world, has remote courses at present.

The course was first run last August in Brisbane by David.  It consists of 16 lectures, this year held over eight days between August and October.  It covers the wide range of International Family Law issues, combining academic study and research with the distinctive considerations by practitioners.  It is a stand-alone course as well as part of the LLM in International Law and this year, as last year, lawyers in private practice are amongst the students on the course.  Students are from Australia and from around the world including exchange arrangements with other universities. 

Now it is remote, it is available to all practicing international family lawyers around the world.   Last year, senior practitioners were a quarter of the students, producing really helpful discussions between students studying international law generally and international practitioners keen to broaden their understanding of international law concepts.  For any practicing international family lawyer interested in joining the course, please contact enrolment via

The course covers all international instruments affecting cross-border families, looking at aspects of national and international policy in respect of status, formation and termination of relationships, the protections for children, financial outcomes and other significant concerns. It looks at how governments and legislatures around the world have dealt with distinctive aspects of international laws where they may conflict with national systems, faith-based systems of law and traditional family life expectations. Believed to be unique, it is not specific to any one jurisdiction.  It is not a comparative law course.  Instead it looks at national laws in a number of countries and how they deal with international families.  It seeks to challenge and question future policy of law for the increasing number of international families in all countries.

This year there will be a distinctive consideration of the effect of the pandemic and lockdown on family justice systems internationally.

The University of Queensland is a world-renowned, highly regarded university and law school, ranked 36th in the world.  It has produced several Chief Justices in Australia.

This will not affect David's commitment to his law work for the firm where he remains partner.

Professor Patrick Parkinson, Dean of Law at the University said of the appointment:

David Hodson is one of the English-speaking world’s leading practitioners in the field of International Family Law. We are delighted he will be teaching our postgraduate students.”

iFLG partner David Hodson is an English solicitor, mediator, arbitrator, Australian solicitor and barrister, and part-time family court judge in London. 

In 2014 he was granted the OBE for ‘services to International Family Law’.  He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Law and Honorary Professor at the University of Leicester.

On the course David commented:

My hope is to encourage the Master’s students to ask big questions about the nature of laws for cross-border families and children. How can very different cultural, ethical, religious, national and international expectations of relationships and gender come together for international families?”

He continued: 

I'm really relishing the opportunity to help future lawyers, judges and law makers think through fundamental issues of policy. Too often family laws are very national.  This simply cannot continue in our modern world with so many international families. Therefore, we must now think and create this international policy through a combination of academia and professional practice to inform both national and international lawmakers.

For more details of the course, see or contact David Hodson via iFLG

Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb
The International Family Law Group LLP
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