Chang, Molly Land
This course provides an overview of the legal principles that apply when more than one jurisdiction has a connection to a particular dispute. The course examines the law that guides the choice of a forum as well as the legal principles that determine which jurisdiction’s law will apply to the dispute and whether other jurisdictions will recognize a judgment once issued. The course is essential for students interested in litigation or transactional work. In a globalized world, few disputes are entirely “local,” and litigators need to be familiar with the law governing choice of forum, choice of law, and recognition of judgments. Transactional attorneys need to know how to help their clients avoid being drawn into costly and time-consuming disputes over the choice of a forum and applicable law. The course will also explore conflicts of law on the international level – also known a private international law – including the regulation of extraterritorial conduct and recognition of foreign judgments.