International Civil Litigation

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/40
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course examines the issues of sovereignty, jurisdiction, and human rights that arise in civil litigation from conduct with effects that cross national boundaries. It begins with an examination of all forms of jurisdiction in international cases: personal jurisdiction, subject-matter jurisdiction, and legislative jurisdiction. The course emphasizes decisions on the extraterritorial assertion of power by American courts and the extraterritorial coverage of American law. Human rights claims also figure prominently in these cases. The course then considers the related issue of claims against foreign sovereigns, which implicate the defense of sovereign immunity and the act of state doctrine as a limit on judicial power. All these issues lead naturally to consideration of the effect of foreign judgments, both in enjoining competing litigation in other countries and in collecting on foreign judgments. International arbitration as an alternative to litigation raises similar issues, especially with respect to enforcement of foreign arbitration awards. The course also touches upon service of process and discovery in foreign nations, illustrating the sensitivity that every country has to encroachment upon its sovereignty by court orders issued elsewhere.

Course Requirements

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

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

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet entirely online. Class will take place synchronously via Zoom. Any additional remote learning details from the instructor will be posted to the course's Canvas page at a later date.

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.

General Information

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