Using TLB to Teach Conflict of Laws

This post continues and updates our series explaining how professors can use resources on TLB to teach various classes. Previous posts have discussed Transnational Litigation, Civil Procedure, Foreign Relations Law, and International Business Transactions. This post discusses Conflict of Laws. All of these posts are accessible at our Teaching Resources page.

Primers and Topic Pages

Conflict of Laws covers three primary subjects: (1) personal jurisdiction, (2) choice of law, and (3) enforcement of judgments. TLB has topic pages devoted to each of these areas. These pages include links to important cases, statutes, and treaties as well as significant works of scholarship. These pages also collect recent posts in reverse chronological order, providing opportunities to build students’ awareness of current developments and spark class discussion.

In addition, TLB has published “primers” on a number of topics relevant to this class, including choice of law, choice of law clauses, extraterritoriality, foreign judgments, forum non conveniens, and forum selection clauses. These primers are a good way to bring students up to speed on a topic quickly.

A Selection of Relevant Posts

Below are some suggestions of relevant posts dealing with areas often covered in Conflict of Laws. The order generally follows the organization of Conflict of Laws: Cases and Materials (8th edition, 2019), by Brilmayer, Goldsmith, O’Hara O’Connor, and Vazquez. Professors can easily rearrange the topics, however, if they are using other books or their own materials.

Choice of Law

Personal Jurisdiction

 Enforcement of Foreign Judgments


Choice of Law Clauses

Forum Selection Clauses