Transnational Litigation in U.S. Courts

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Spring 2015 Reading Group
Meets: Th 5:00pm - 7:00pm
1 classroom credit

Helios Drop Deadline: February 13, 2015 by 11:59pm EST

Disputes in the modern globalized economy often extend across borders, requiring courts to grapple with questions of foreign law and practice. This reading group will examine practical aspects of litigating cases with transnational elements in U.S. courts. Topics may shift but will likely include service of process on foreign defendants, discovery of evidence located abroad, forum non conveniens and parallel proceedings, and the enforcement of foreign judgments. We will use materials from practice (cases, statutes, treaties, and articles) to explore the quest for harmonization and the sometimes competing principles of fairness, access to justice, and comity.

The reading group will meet for six two-hour sessions. Because the focus will be on litigation in U.S. courts, a working knowledge of U.S. civil procedure is assumed.

Note: The reading group will meet on the following dates: 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, and 4/16.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law , Procedure & Practice .