1.01 A poet1 once observed that ‘no man is an island, entire of itself’, and that ‘every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’. He gave us a rather beautiful justification of private international law. An English court cannot sensibly proceed on the basis that it has jurisdiction over everyone and anyone and that every case, and every issue in every case, brought before it should be determined by the application of English domestic law, as though the rest of the world, and its courts and its laws, was an irrelevance. There is no need to dwell on the...
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