Conflict of Laws (LAW-621-001)
The Course Syllabus appears at the front of the Supplement (see below). Please bring it with you to the first class.
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 to determine if books are currently available for purchase online.
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).
NOTE: The 9th edition came out this summer. ***DO NOT BUY IT.*** The 8th edition is better! Use the ISBN I have provided.
Supplement: Robbins, Conflict of Laws - 2013 Supplement (will be available at WCL in Room 465 the week before classes begin).
NOTE: While the Supplement is part of the required readings for our course, you do not need to purchase it if you choose not to do so. I have created a pdf of the 344-page Supplement and posted it to our MyWCL site, under "Course Materials." If you would find it more convenient to have the hardcopy printed pages, however, you may print them out as you need them; you may also purchase the entire Supplement. Printed copies of the Supplement are available for pickup starting August 19 between the hours of 9am-6pm in room 502 (Monday-Friday). The cost is $27.00 and the only acceptable form of payment is check or money order made payable to: Washington College of Law. (Unfortunately, the office is not set up to receive credit-card payments.)
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.
Use your MyAU username and password to access the syllabus in the following format(s):