American Private International Law

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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Aspen Pub

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This volume is an authoritative and complete yet compact presentation of private international law-or ls"conflict of lawsrs"-in the United States of America. Its author is a "conflicts giant" (60 Stanford Law Review 247 at 249 (2007)) and "the worldrs"s leading expert on comparative conflicts law today." (M. Reimann, "Comparative Law and Private International Law," in the Oxford Handbook of Comparative Law 1363 at 1380 (2006)).Having studied and taught law in both Europe And The United States, the author is uniquely qualified to identify and explain in language understandable to readers outside the U.S. The American peculiarities of the subject. His three-decades experience in writing on thousands of American judicial decisions is particu-larly valuable in understanding and presenting the practical essentials of the subject to practitio-ners and academics alike. American courts encounter, at a rate of more than two thousand per year, conflicts among the laws of the fifty U.S. states (interstate conflicts) and between state or federal laws and those of foreign countries (international conflicts), thus making American conflicts law one of the richest and most complex in the world. This volume explains the differences between the two categories and presents the established and emerging jurisprudence in a concise and clear manner, while also providing an enlightening discussion of the multifaceted role of U.S. federalism, which is essential To The foreign readerrs"s understanding of American conflicts law. Dr Symeonides has done a great service in collecting and organizing this scattered material into a coherent but non-technical and readily usable whole that offers all interested lawyers an easy-to-use but authoritative overview of the subject. The discussion includes: bull; the federal-state allocation of lawmaking and judicial powers; bull; the constitutional limitations on state choice of law; bull; the resolution of conflicts between federal and foreign law; bull; judicial jurisdiction in interstate and international conflicts; bull; recognition of sister-state and foreign-country judgments; bull; the choice-of-law revolution and its aftermath; and bull; choice of law in torts, products liability, contracts, status and domestic relations, property, marital property, successions, and statutes of limitation.

Table of Contents

General Introductionp. 15
Introductionp. 15
Selected Bibliographyp. 21
Federalism and Conflicts Lawp. 23
Jurisdictionp. 23
Federalism and Choice of Lawp. 42
Choice of Lawp. 63
The Traditional Choice-of-Law Systemp. 63
The Mechanics of Choice of Law: The Structure and Operation of the Choice-of-Law Syllogismp. 74
The Choice-of-Law Revolutionp. 92
Torts and Products Liabilityp. 132
Contractsp. 197
Status and Domestic Relationsp. 234
Property, Marital Property and Successionsp. 254
Statutes of Limitationp. 272
Conflicts between Federal Law and Foreign Lawp. 295
Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgmentsp. 327
Sister State Judgmentsp. 327
Foreign-Country Judgmentsp. 333
Table of Casesp. 355
Indexp. 361
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