Advocacy and Dispute Resolution
325: Conflict of Laws
This course deals with the legal ramifications of disputes involving contacts with two or more states or other jurisdictions. When such disputes reach the courts, what law should be applied and how should the determination be made? The course explores these questions and the various methods courts and scholars have proposed and adopted to answer them. The contrasting points of view regarding choice of law, jurisdiction and recognition of foreign judgments are analyzed in terms of which policies best promote harmony and efficiency in the federal system and accord with the federal constitutional requirements of due process of law and full faith and credit to the judgments of sister states. A special focus this year will be on the application of these areas of law to family law issues.