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LAWS 7739 Conflict of Laws (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Conflict of Laws is the study of the problems that arise when the significant facts of a case are connected with more than one jurisdiction. When different jurisdictions --- states or nations --- have adopted different substantive law, which law should govern? The answer to that question, in the domestic context, is the study of federalism in practice. And the question itself is one that regularly faces litigators, transactional lawyers, and, increasingly, those interested in domestic relations. This course will address the choice-of-law approaches adopted in American courts. Major topics will include the role of the US Constitution in interstate conflicts; choice of law issues faced by federal courts; preemption; and conflicts with international law.


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Last Updated: 08-Apr-14