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Conflict of Laws

Second Edition

Laura E. Little
Temple University School of Law

2018. 1,056 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-7490-4.  With Teacherís Manual.

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About the Book

In her casebook Conflict of Laws, now in its second edition, internationally respected teacher and scholar Laura Little offers a progressive, innovative approach to teaching complex material. She brings to the subject her drafting and advocacy expertise as the Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Third) Conflict of Laws, authorized by the American Law Institute in 2014. In a subject where there is plenty of room for debate and analysis, this casebook offers a contemporary alternative to the subject by connecting coverage of key concepts to law practice using modern cases and problem pedagogy. With its modular design, clear writing, comprehensive Teacherís Manual and online support, the text is highly teachable and has proven a road-tested favorite with both students and professors. 

The book has already won acclaim from both established and new professors. The extensive transnational and international materials in the book render it appropriate for both Conflict of Laws and International Civil Litigation courses. 

Hallmark features of Conflict of Laws: Cases, Materials, and Problems:

  • Award-winning teacher and respected author Laura Little brings her considerable expertise in federal courts, conflict of laws, and constitutional law to the subject.  Given her work drafting extensive provisions in the new Restatement (Third) of Conflict of Laws, Professor Little is well poised to punctuate the book with analysis of trends and future changes.
  • Well-balanced casebook presents both numerous practical materials as well as deep jurisprudential lessons imbedded in the conflict of laws subject matter.
  • Proven cases-and-problems pedagogy helps students apply concepts.
  • Enhances student understanding of broad concepts revealing the nature of law and debates about government structure.
  • Maintains a clear presentation of doctrines relevant to current law practice.
  • Thematic approach puts conflicts of law in the context of actual issues confronted in law practice.
  • Clear, straightforward writing avoids the ďhide the ballĒ approach of many other books and maximizes accessibility to difficult material.
  • Innovative organization, beginning with personal jurisdiction, follows the way issues arise in litigation and highlights the importance of forum selection.  
  • Highly adaptable modular presentation allows professors to customize approach
  • Contemporary cases and hypotheticals allow students to apply rules to current situations, while hallmark cases maintain continuity with the development of the discipline.
  • Full coverage of current topics such as Internet issues, choice of law clauses, and international conflicts issues.
  • International and comparative materials cover global aspects of conflicts; international civil litigation materials are substantial enough for professors to use it for that course.
  • Emphasis on the Restatement (Second) of Conflicts, now the predominant United States approach but insufficiently covered in most other texts.  Reference to changes proposed in the Restatement (Third) of Conflicts.
  • Online PowerPoint slides, charts, and diagrams provide a guide for new professors and enhance teachability for well-seasoned Conflicts professors.
  • Comprehensive Teachers Manual includes answers to every problem, teaching suggestions, sample syllabi, exams, and a graphical depiction of each main case, as well as unique insights and case backgrounds.  Teaching manual also includes assessments (with answers!) that will help professors comply with American Bar Association standards.

Thoroughly updated, the Second Edition presents:

  • Entirely new domestic relations sections throughout the book in light of the U.S. Supreme Courtís Obergefell decision, including analysis of Supreme Court follow-up cases 
  • Updates to the teaching manual that provide assessments for adopters to comply with new American Bar Association requirements regarding midterm evaluations and assessments
  • Detailed references to the proposed Restatement (Third), drawing from the authorís work as an Associate Reporter drafting and developing the new restatement of the law
  • Streamlined personal jurisdiction section, presenting the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases in Bristol Myers Squibb and Daimler
  • Updated international law material, including discussion of the new British Defamation Act (and its impact on libel tourism) and the European Union's elimination of exequatur for judgment recognition
  • Refinements to the first edition throughout, derived from thoughtful user comments and legal developments

Preface / Sample Chapters