Private International Law Seminar
Private International Law traditionally covers three areas important to cross-border transactions and dispute settlement often referred to in the United States as conflict of laws: jurisdiction, the determination of applicable law, and the recognition and enforcement of judgments. This course will focus on these core issues and give attention to broader issues of international private law dealt with under the rubric of private international law in the U.S. Department of State, including international arbitration law, judicial cooperation, and other areas. We will review major international legal instruments (treaties, model laws, sets of principles, European Regulations, etc.) and their importance to both transactional and litigation practice. Particular attention will be given to the expanded role of the European Union institutions in the development and implementation of rules of private international law, as well as to the work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). During the second half of the semester, each student will present the results of his or her research in preparation for the final paper.