International Civil Litigation

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/44
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • RF
  • 1000-1120
  • WB105
01/26/2023 04/28/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

In this course, foreign affairs meets civil procedure. In particular, the course examines issues of sovereignty, jurisdiction, and human rights that arise in civil litigation from conduct with effects that cross national boundaries. Topics include: jurisdiction in U.S. courts over international actors and cases implicating foreign relations; extraterritoriality (the extraterritorial assertion of power by American courts and the extraterritorial coverage of American law); human rights claims; claims against foreign sovereigns and related immunity doctrines; the effect of judgments by foreign tribunals; and the role of international arbitration. The course also touches briefly on service of process and discovery. The course is geared both toward students with an interest in procedure and jurisdiction in American courts, and toward students with an interest in foreign relations, human rights, or international law.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex with Paper Option
Description: Flex exam at end of semester, with paper option in lieu of exam due at noon on the last day of the exam period.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Flex examination at end of the semester, with a paper option that would be due on or before noon (EST) on the last day of the exam period. Students intending to satisfy their Upper-Level Writing Requirement with their final paper must electronically submit an "Special Request" Form to the Student Records Office by Feb. 27th. The form and submission instructions are available via LawWeb.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Civil Procedure (6000)) 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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
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