The Third Conflicts Restatement's First Draft on Tort Conflicts

40 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2017 Last revised: 30 Oct 2017

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Symeon Symeonides

Willamette University - College of Law

Date Written: August 5, 2017


This Article discusses the first draft of the proposed Third Conflicts Restatement dealing with tort conflicts. The Draft’s most noteworthy features include: (1) the distinction between conduct-regulating and loss-allocating tort rules; (2) the application of the law of the parties’ common home state in loss-allocation conflicts; and (3) a rule giving victims of cross-border torts the right to request the application of the law of the state of injury, if the occurrence of the injury there was objectively foreseeable.

The Draft is a vast improvement from the Second Restatement. It accurately captures the decisional patterns emerging in the more than forty U.S. jurisdictions that have joined the choice-of-law revolution, and which have been cast in statutory form in the successful codifications of Louisiana and Oregon. It strikes an appropriate equilibrium between certainty and flexibility and generally makes good use of the lessons of the revolution without reproducing its excesses.

Keywords: Choice of law, conflict of laws, private international law, Restatement, torts, conduct-regulation, loss-allocation, cross-border, favor laesi, comparative law

JEL Classification: K13, K33, K41

Suggested Citation

Symeonides, Symeon, The Third Conflicts Restatement's First Draft on Tort Conflicts (August 5, 2017). Tulane Law Review, Vol. 92, 2017, Available at SSRN:

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