Conflict of Laws

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 29/70
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTR
  • 1300-1400
  • WB102
01/23/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

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:
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 Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM