Conflict of Laws

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 62/70
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MWR
  • 1300-1400
  • WB102
01/20/2020 04/23/2020

Course Description

You study the law of contracts, torts, and property, but—in our multi-state federal system—how do you know which state’s law will ultimately apply to a particular event or transaction, if it implicates more than one state? Should the forum in which suit has been filed have the largely unfettered ability to apply its own law, assuming jurisdiction is good? Even if the parties can agree in advance on the applicable law, can you be sure of the enforceability of that agreement? And how do you know whether any particular judgment will be enforceable outside the forum that rendered it? Conflict of Laws deals with questions such as these and others that arise when a transaction or relationship is connected to more than one jurisdiction. This course will examine the rules and principles that govern the resolution of multi-jurisdictional conflict of laws in the U.S. It will also consider different theoretical approaches to choice of law as well as possible constitutional limits on choice of law. And the course will devote considerable time to the interstate recognition and enforcement of judgments and federalism issues arising from cross-jurisdictional enforcement of laws and judgments.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Civil Procedure (6000)) None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
120217068
Law No.
LAW7014
Modified Type
Lecture
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, April 14, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 26, 11:59 PM
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