Choice of Law

Choice of Law

by Symeon C. Symeonides


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Choice of Law provides an in-depth sophisticated coverage of the choice-of-law part Conflicts Law (or Private International Law) in torts, products liability, contracts, forum-selection and arbitration clauses, insurance, statutes of limitation, domestic relations, property, marital property, and successions. It also covers the constitutional framework and conflicts between federal law and foreign law.

The book explains the doctrinal and methodological foundations of choice of law and then focuses on its actual practice, examining not only what courts say but also what they do. It identifies the emerging decisional patterns and extracts predictions about likely outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190496722
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/13/2016
Series: Oxford Commentaries on American Law Series
Pages: 840
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Symeon C. Symeonides is the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus at Willamette University School of Law, in Oregon. He is an award winning author and renowned expert in conflicts law, having published 26 books and more than 120 articles (in seven languages), including the widely popular annual survey of American choice-of-law cases for the last thirty years. Reviewers have called him "a conflicts giant," "the world's leading expert on comparative conflicts law," and "the father of codification," and his work "brilliant," "engrossing," "masterful," and "indispensable." His work received five scholarly prizes and has been cited by the supreme courts of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel (22 times). He drafted three path-breaking choice-of-law codifications (for Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and Oregon), participated in drafting several European Union laws and two international conventions, and provided legislative advice to several foreign governments. He is president of the International Association of Legal Science, former President of the American Society of Comparative Law, and member of the Institut de Droit International and the International Academy of Comparative Law. He has taught and lectured at several American and European universities and The Hague Academy of International Law. He holds degrees in private and public law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an LL.M and an S.J.D from the Harvard Law School, and two honorary doctorates.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Charts, Figures, and Maps


List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Introduction

Part I. The Federal Framework
Chapter 2. Federalism and Choice of Law

Part II. History, Doctrine, and Methodology
Chapter 3. Early Choice-of-Law Doctrine and the Traditional System
Chapter 4. The Structure of Choice-of-Law Rules and the Operation of the Choice-of-Law
Chapter 5. The Choice-of-Law Revolution: Theoretical Groundwork
Chapter 6: The Judicial Revolution in Torts and Contracts
Chapter 7. The Choice-of-Law Revolution Today: Methodological Pluralism

Part III. Choice of Law in Practice
Chapter 8. Torts
Chapter 9. Products Liability
Chapter 10. Contracts
Chapter 11. Forum Selection Clauses and Arbitration Clauses
Chapter 12. Insurance Conflicts
Chapter 13. Statutes of Limitation
Chapter 14. Status and Domestic Relations
Chapter 15. Property, Marital Property, and Successions
Chapter 16. Conflicts between Federal Law and Foreign Law

Part IV. Conclusions
Chapter 17. The Next Step

Appendix: List of choice-of-law codifications, EU regulations, and conventions

Table of Cases


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