Practical Aspects of Global Disputes

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Simulation Course
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General Enrollment Course
Graduation Requirements:
International / Comparative
Experiential Learning
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Course Description

The focus of the course is on practical skills and strategic considerations that arise in the management and resolution of global disputes. The course will take students through a hypothetical dispute based upon realistic scenarios so that they can master the practical and strategic problems present when a multinational company becomes embroiled in a dispute with a foreign sovereign entity. The lectures will cover all of the substantive and procedural aspects of suing a foreign sovereign or sovereign entity in a U.S. court (like the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act and the Act of State Doctrine). The course will also address the practical considerations of litigating in foreign courts, and the tools available for litigators to coordinate parallel U.S. and foreign litigation (like transnational discovery and antisuit injunctions). It will then explore commercial and treaty-based arbitration against foreign state-owned entities and states themselves, which may be pursued alternatively or in addition to U.S. and foreign litigation. As most disputes are ultimately mediated and settled, the course addresses the different ways by which the parties can reach a negotiated solution. Finally, the course reviews the issues surrounding asset attachment and recognition of judgment and arbitral awards against foreign sovereigns. Illustrating the practical and theoretical interplay among these scenarios, the focus will be on the strategic options presented at various junctures, as well as a focus on advocacy skills required across the domestic, foreign, and arbitral fora.

Course Offerings 2020-2021

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Spring Term 2020-2021


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