Which bilateral Finland - Australia agreement allows enforcement of 'debts'?
Yes but that is not a bilateral Finland-Australia agreement, that is a (still apparently draft) multilateral agreement.
I also note FWIW that the definition of 'judgment' in the Foreign Judgments Act 1991 (Cth) does not include 'costs order'. Under Australian law a judgment and a costs order are different things and you can't substitute the one term for the other. I have no idea about the position under Finnish law though.
Thank you for the comments, they are very helpful.Agree.
I know it may feel like throwing good money after bad, but I think some legal advice from an Australian lawyer would be a good idea for those faced by Finnair's claims that they can enforce the judgment here.
Thank you for the comments, they are very helpful.
I have spoken to an Australian lawyer who pretty much said the same as TheFinnishLawyer.
He said that they technically can collect the money but would need to apply under Common Law.
In his opinion, it would be very costly and time consuming on their part and he personally wouldn't lose any sleep over it but there is a risk because yes, they are able to apply to collect the money.
The whole thing is unfair on so many levels.