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Fall 2023

5323 Conflict of Laws - UNGUREANU- 15397

Professor(s): Razvan Ungureanu (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 
International Law

Time: 7:30p-9:00p  MW  Location: 102A 

Course Outline: Students interested in pursuing careers in litigation may find this course particularly beneficial. As more and more lawsuits involve disputes or transactions connected with more than one state or country, courts are increasingly called upon to decide what substantive law governs. For example, an Italian company enters into a contract with a California company that calls for performance at the Italian company’s facility in Arizona. In a breach of contract action between the two companies, will California law, Arizona law, or Italian law govern? And does (or should) the forum of the lawsuit affect the answer? Other topics of this course include the enforceability of judgments rendered in another state’s or nation’s court, as well as jurisdiction—not just personal jurisdiction over persons, but also the prescriptive jurisdiction of a state or country to regulate conduct that occurs within or outside its territory. Class discussions will provide practice in the application of theory to facts, and in the careful analysis of cases.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


Prerequisites: Yes  First-year Procedure course, or its equivalent. Foreign LLM students who have taken Intro to American Law will satisfy this prerequisite.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/9 9am-12pm  102A    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Important (MEE)

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Kay, Kramer, Roosevelt & Franklin’s Conflict of Laws: Cases— Comments—Questions (11th edition) ISBN: 978-1636594699