American Conflicts Law

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Transnational Publishers, 2001 - Law - 1029 pages
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No less than in other jurisdictions worldwide, conflicts law in the U.S. continues to undergo a major transformation. Accordingly, this fully updated edition of the classic treatise on American conflicts law will be welcomed, not only in law schools, but also by all legal professionals practicing before U.S. Courts. The Fifth Edition of American Conflicts Law opens with an in-depth examination of the essential topics that affect conflict of laws decisions in US courts regardless of the conflict-of-laws system employed. Early chapters cover the background of choice of law, domicile, personal jurisdiction and related matters, the constitutional limitations on choice of law in the United States, "vertical" choice of law in the federal courts (the Erie doctrine), and judgments and public acts. Building on this foundation, the book proceeds to an analysis of the development and application of the traditional "vested rights" system of Conflicts and goes on to examine the modern conflicts systems that have steadily been replacing that system in the latter half of the twentieth century. American Conflicts Law, 5th ed includes revised and updated chapters on choice-of-law developments in American courts under all existing conflict-of-laws systems. Its coverage includes conflict of laws in criminal cases, the substance-procedure distinction, and an examination of conflict-of-laws issues under all systems in particular substantive areas. Other chapters cover torts, contracts, workers' compensation, land, tangible and intangible personality, trusts, wills and inheritance, decedents' estates, receivers and conservators, marriage and its termination, marital property, relationships with children, and corporations. In addition to extensive description of all important developments in conflict of laws, the authors have provided important analysis and critical commentary of the case law within each topic covered. It is an excellent analytic commentary for all students of conflict of laws at the beginning of the twenty-first century, as well as a prime research source for lawyers and judges confronted with conflict of laws issues.

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The ChoiceofLaw Problem
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McDougal is W.R. Irby Professor of Law at Tulane University.

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