(LAWG-4080) - 3 UNITS

With the globalization of business transactions, cross-border civil litigation becomes a common phenomenon. Given the differences in legal systems, law, social values and cultures from country to country, civil litigation in the international setting presents a much more complicated reality and requires both knowledge and expertise beyond the traditional domain of domestic litigation. The course will examine international laws that govern "foreign" relations between individuals or business entities, and discuss the theory and practice of international civil dispute settlement. Issues to be covered include determination of the proper forum, finding of the applicable law, judicial assistance (e.g. service of process, discovery and foreign judgment enforcement), litigation involving a foreign state and international arbitration as an alternative way to resolve transnational disputes.