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A Tea Party at the Hague?

Stephen B. Burbank

University of Pennsylvania Law School


Southwestern Journal of International Law, Vol. 18, P. 101, 2013
U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-32

In this article, I consider the prospects for and impediments to judicial cooperation with the United States. I do so by describing a personal journey that began more than twenty years ago when I first taught and wrote about international civil litigation. An important part of my journey has involved studying the role that the United States has played, and can usefully play, in fostering judicial cooperation, including through judgment recognition and enforcement. The journey continues but, today, finds me a weary traveler, more worried than ever about the politics and practice of international procedural lawmaking in the United States. Disputes about the proper roles of federal and state law and institutions in the implementation of the Hague Choice of Court Convention suggest that this little corner of American foreign policy is at risk of capture by forces that, manifesting some of the worst characteristics of domestic politics, would have us host a tea party at The Hague.

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Keywords: procedure, litigation, arbitration, private international law, The Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, transnational contracts, forum selection, choice of court, forum non conveniens, lis pendens, recognition and enforcement of judgments, international judicial cooperation, ULC, NCCUSL

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Date posted: April 18, 2012 ; Last revised: September 25, 2014

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Burbank, Stephen B., A Tea Party at the Hague? (2013). Southwestern Journal of International Law, Vol. 18, P. 101, 2013; U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 12-32. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2041502

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University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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