The Purposeful Availment Trap

7 Federal Courts L. Rev. 118 (2013)

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2012-34

11 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2012 Last revised: 26 May 2013

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Allan Ides

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Simona Grossi

Loyola Law School Los Angeles; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: September 12, 2012

Abstract

“The Purposeful Availment Trap” represents a very careful and powerful synthesis of years of studies on the theme of personal jurisdiction. In the essay we demonstrate how the Supreme Court’s current struggles on the theme of personal jurisdiction are the result of the purposeful availment “trap” that the Supreme Court has itself created. By interpreting its own interpretations, the Supreme Court got lost in dogma and dicta that make its opinions hard to reconcile with the fundamental principles of due process as articulated in International Shoe. This essay also highly benefits from a dialogue between the civil law and common law world, that we both respectively represent.

Suggested Citation

Ides, Allan and Grossi, Simona, The Purposeful Availment Trap (September 12, 2012). 7 Federal Courts L. Rev. 118 (2013), Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2012-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2145504 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2145504

Allan Ides

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Simona Grossi (Contact Author)

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