Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2016: Thirtieth Annual Survey

78 Pages Posted: 17 Feb 2017 Last revised: 27 Feb 2017

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Symeon Symeonides

Willamette University - College of Law

Date Written: February 16, 2017


This is the Thirtieth Survey of American Choice-of-Law Cases. It was written at the request of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Conflict of Laws, and is intended as a service to fellow teachers and to students of conflicts law, both inside and outside the United States. Its purpose remains the same as it has been in the previous 29 years: to inform, rather than to advocate.

This Survey covers cases decided by American state and federal appellate courts during 2016 and posted on Westlaw by January 31, 2017. Of the 1,515 appellate cases that meet these parameters, the Survey focuses on those cases that may contribute something new to the development or understanding of conflicts law — and, particularly, choice of law.

Keywords: conflict of laws, choice of law, private international law, jurisdiction, foreign judgments, choice-of-law clauses, forum selection, extraterritoriality, products liability, torts, party autonomy, arbitration, forum non conveniens, consumer, employment, Full Faith and Credit, Alien Tort Statute

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K12, K13, K33, K40, K41

Suggested Citation

Symeonides, Symeon, Choice of Law in the American Courts in 2016: Thirtieth Annual Survey (February 16, 2017). American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 65, No. 2, 2017, Available at SSRN:

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