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Craig H. Allen
LAW E 538
Seattle Campus

Transnational Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts

Examines the law governing private civil disputes in U.S. courts arising from transnational transactions, including: jurisdiction; forum selection and choice-of-law clauses; extraterritorial service of process, discovery, and application of U.S. law; parallel proceedings; foreign sovereign immunity; Act of State doctrine; and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Class description

This course examines the special procedural and substantive law governing litigation and arbitration of private and semi-public disputes arising out of transnational transactions and occurrences. Coverage includes suits by foreign plaintiffs and against foreign defendants in U.S. courts, transnational service of process and evidence collection abroad, recognition of judgments, the Act of State Doctrine, suits against foreign sovereigns and transnational arbitration.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and in class problems.

Recommended preparation

PREREQUISITES: Familiarity with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the territorial and subject matter jurisdiction concepts covered in Civil Procedure I is required. Civil Procedure II (Law B 500) and Conflict of Laws (Law B 506) are recommended.

Class assignments and grading

Final grades will be based on a comprehensive final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Craig H. Allen
Date: 02/07/2010