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Conflict of Laws (LAW-621-001)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (MW) - Room 602

Enrolled: 70 / Limit: 75


The Course Syllabus appears at the front of the Supplement (see below). Please bring it with you to the first class.

Note: Maximum of five unexcused absences allowed.


Overview: This course addresses the rules applicable in private law where at least one of the operative facts in the case is connected with some state or country other than the one in which the suit is brought. The areas examined include: torts, contracts, property, commercial law, administration of estates, and family law. The course also considers the recognition and enforcement of judgments of sister states and foreign countries. Generally, we will look at some fascinating intellectual puzzles that state and federal courts confront on a daily basis.

Textbooks and Other Materials

The textbook information on this page was provided by the instructor. Students should use this information when considering purchases from the AU Campus Store or other vendors. Students may check here to determine if books are currently available for purchase at the AU Campus Store.

There are two books required for this course:

  • Casebook: Currie, Kay, Kramer & Roosevelt, Conflict of Laws: Cases, Comments, Questions (West, 8th ed. 2010) (will be available in the campus bookstore, but you should feel free to purchase it elsewhere: ISBN: 978-0-314-19581-4).

  • Supplement: Robbins, Conflict of Laws - 2011 Supplement (will be available at WCL in Room 465 the week before classes begin).

First Class Readings

Assignment for first class: Casebook: 2-9

Assignment for second class: Casebook: 9-21

Among other things, the Supplement contains the Syllabus and Assignment Sheet for the semester. Please be sure to bring it with you to the first class.


The syllabus is available in the following format(s):