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Conflicts is both fun and very practical.  Every law school student should at least consider Conflicts issues at some point.  Conflicts involves the following three major issues: [1] jurisdiction, [2] choice of law and [3] the enforcement of foreign judgments.  In light of the extensive coverage of jurisdiction in first year civil procedure, we will address primarily the international aspects of jurisdiction.


As to the choice of law, we will consider whose law a court will apply when the facts arise from multiple states or countries.  We will consider several competing theoretical frameworks, as well as Arizona's approach, in several substantive areas such as torts, contract, property and family law.  In addition, we'll specifically address choice of law as it relates to the internet, divorce, wills, same-sex marriages, insurance disputes and personal injury actions.  Finally, we will also touch on how federal courts tackle choice of law issues in light of Erie.


As to the enforcement of foreign judgments, we will consider whether and how a court's judgment can be enforced in another state or country, and specifically consider the impact of the Full Faith and Credit Clause.


We will analyze cases and materials from several commonlaw countries.  There are very few answers in Conflicts, but a lot of fascinating issues.  If you like considering theoretical issues that have very practical ramifications, this course is for you. 


Conflict in Laws, By Andreas F. Lowenfeld (Matthew Bender). Supplement, provided by the course instructor.

Course Format

Lecture and classroom discussion

Written Assignments


Type of Exam

In class essay/multiple choice examination. Students may use the casebook, supplement, class notes and any outline they prepare.

Basis for grading

Grade based on final exam, with outstanding class participation considered at the margin.

Additional Comments

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