Conflict of Laws
This course examines the ways in which the courts of a nation or state seek to resolve legal disputes in which other nations or states have an interest. The course will focus on two topics: the jurisdiction of courts over persons or things involved in international or interstate legal disputes; and choice of law, the question of which jurisdiction’s law should apply in a given international or interstate legal dispute. In addition, the course will cover the impact of the Constitution on jurisdictional issues, choice of law determinations, and the effect of state court judgments and decrees outside of the rendering state. Other topics that could be covered include: conflicts between federal and state law; the effect given foreign nations’ judgments in domestic courts; and the extraterritorial application of federal law.