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Conflict of Laws: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition

  • R. Lea Brilmayer
  • Jack L. Goldsmith
  • Erin O'Hara O'Connor
  • Carlos Vázquez
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Written by leading Conflict of Laws scholars, Conflict of Laws: Cases and Materials, Eighth Edition, presents a balanced study of Conflict of Laws, otherwise known as Private International Law. The book begins with a discussion of traditional approaches to choice-of-law problems, both inter-state and international, followed by an examination of how modern courts and commentators have struggled to formulate new and better approaches. The remaining broad topics—constitutional limitations on choice of law, personal jurisdiction, conflicts in the federal system, recognition and enforcement of judgments, extraterritorial application of federal law, choice of legal regimes, and choice of law in complex litigation—are considered in light of the wisdom derived from consideration of the basic choice-of-law problems.

New to the Eighth Edition:

  • Addition of new co-author Carlos M. Vázquez, a leading scholar in Conflict of Laws as well as the adjacent fields of International Law and Foreign Relations Law
  • Expanded coverage of Conflict of Laws in the international context, with a focus on the increasingly important topic of extraterritorial application of federal law
  • New Supreme Court decisions on personal jurisdiction and constitutional limits on choice of law
  • Expanded coverage of choice of law in marriage and divorce
  • Discussion of draft Third Restatement of Conflict of Laws

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • A balance of historical and recent cases, with problems that test application of case precedents
  • A balance between theoretical and practical aspects of Conflict of Laws, with coverage of state law and comparative perspectives where appropriate
  • Focus on Choice of Law
  • Broader coverage of extraterritorial application of federal law than any leading Conflict of Laws casebook
  • Modern applications to internet disputes, complex litigation, party autonomy, and jurisdictional competition, among other cutting-edge topics
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About the authors
Lea Brilmayer
Howard M. Holtzman Professor of International Law
Yale University

Lea Brilmayer is the Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law at Yale Law School.  In addition to teaching Contracts to first-year students, she also teaches Conflict of Laws and International Courts and Tribunals, as well as seminars on the laws of war and on African current affairs. During her first decade of teaching, Professor Brilmayer’s writing interests mainly concerned conflict of laws (in particular, personal jurisdiction and choice of law); federal jurisdiction; and jurisprudence. Her interests have gradually turned to international law and international relations, which has led to two books: emJustifying International Actsem and emAmerican Hegemony: Political Morality in a One-Superpower Worldem.

Jack L. Goldsmith
Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law
Harvard University

Jack Goldsmith is Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. He is the author, most recently, of emThe Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside The Bush Administrationem (W.W. Norton 2007), as well as of other books and articles on many topics related to terrorism, national security, international law, conflicts of law, and internet law. Before coming to Harvard, Goldsmith served as Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, from October 2003 through July 2004, and Special Counsel to the General Counsel to the Department of Defense from September 2002 through June 2003. Goldsmith taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997-2002, and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994-1997. He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Court of Appeals Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, and Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. Full bibliography at:

Erin O'Hara O'Connor
Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law
Vanderbilt University

Erin O’Hara O’Connor is a leading scholar in the field of conflict of laws. Her most recent work includes three books and a series of significant articles on choice of law, as well as articles that examine the role of arbitration for contracting parties. Professor O'Connor was Vanderbilt Law School's associate dean for academic affairs from 2008-10. She was named director of graduate studies for the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics in 2011. She joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2001, having previously taught at George Mason University School of Law. She was a visiting professor at Northwestern Law School in 1995 and at Georgetown University Law Center from spring 1999 to spring 2000. Professor O’Connor has &served as chair of the AALS Section on Conflict of Laws and as director of Vanderbilt’s Law and Human Behavior Program. She is a research associate at the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and was a visiting fellow at Ludwig Maximilians Universitat Munchen, Center for Advanced Studies, in 2011, and Distinguished Visiting Scholar at ZenTra, Center for Transnational Studies, University of Bremen, in 2014.

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