This volume is an authoritative and complete yet compact presentation of
private international law—or ‘conflict of laws’—in the United States of
America. Its author is a “conflicts giant” (60 Stanford Law
Review 247 at 249 (2007)) and “the world’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
reader’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:
• the federal-state allocation of lawmaking and judicial powers;
• the constitutional limitations on state choice of law;
• the resolution of conflicts between federal and foreign law;
• judicial jurisdiction in interstate and international conflicts;
• recognition of sister-state and foreign-country judgments;
• the choice-of-law revolution and its aftermath; and
• choice of law in torts, products liability, contracts, status and domestic
relations, property, marital property, successions, and statutes of limitation.
The Author. General Introduction. Chapter 1. Introduction 1
. Selected Bibliography
Part I. Federalism and Conflicts Law. Chapter 1.
Jurisdiction. Chapter 2. Federalism and Choice of Law
Part II. Choice of Law. Chapter 1. The
Traditional Choice-of-Law System. Chapter 2. The Mechanics of Choice of
Law: The Structure and Operation of the Choice-of-Law Syllogism. Chapter 3.
The Choice-of-Law Revolution. Chapter 4. Torts and Products Liability
Chapter 5. Contracts. Chapter 6. Status and Domestic Relations.
Chapter 7. Property, Marital Property and Successions. Chapter 8.
Statutes of Limitation. Chapter 9. Conflicts between Federal Law and
Part III. Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
Chapter 1. Sister State Judgments. Chapter 2. Foreign-Country
Judgments. Table of Cases. Index