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ISBN: 9781552214367-06


Forum Non Conveniens

From: Conflict of Laws 2/e


Examination of the process by which a court decides whether or not to decline jurisdiction based on a comparison of the relative merits of having the dispute resolved in either the local forum or another forum.



Stephen G.A. Pitel

Stephen GA Pitel (BA Carleton University, LLB Dalhousie University, LLM and PhD University of Cambridge) is a professor at the Faculty of Law of Western University. He has co-authored, edited, or co-edited sixteen books including Emerging Issues in Tort Law (2007), Statutory Jurisdiction: An Analysis of the Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act (2012), and Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy (2013). He is the general editor of Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text and Materials (4th ed, 2016). His teaching and research are focused on international commercial litigation, civil procedure, torts, unjust enrichment, and legal ethics. He has published many articles on the conflict of laws and on legal ethics. He has received several teaching awards including the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award, the Edward G Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Bank of Nova Scotia, University of Western Ontario Alumni Association and University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Nicholas S. Rafferty

Nicholas S Rafferty obtained an undergraduate and a master’s degree in law from the University of Cambridge and a further master’s degree from the University of Illinois. He began teaching at the University of Manitoba in 1975. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Calgary, where he taught from 1977 to 2015. He is also a member of the Law Society of Alberta. His teaching and research interests included conflict of laws, contracts, and torts. He has written extensively in those and other areas. He was the general editor of Private International Law in Common Law Canada: Cases, Text and Materials (3d ed, 2010). He has received several awards for teaching and scholarship, including the University of Calgary President’s Circle Award for Achievement in Teaching Excellence in 2000 and the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association for distinguished service in legal scholarship in 2007.