Personal Jurisdiction, Comparativism, and Ford

14 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2021 Last revised: 5 Jan 2022

Date Written: April 9, 2021


The March 2021 decision of Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District completes the triangulation of specific personal jurisdiction under the U.S. Constitution. Combined with the Court’s recent narrowing of general jurisdiction and the Court’s longstanding adherence to tag jurisdiction and consent-based jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction in the United States is developing contours that are more defined and concrete. What does this state of personal jurisdiction mean for future developments? And how does it compare to the way other countries have structured personal jurisdiction? This symposium essay offers answers to those questions.

Keywords: personal jurisdiction, ford, general jurisdiction, specific jurisdiction, jurisdiction to adjudicate, bms, walden

Suggested Citation

Dodson, Scott, Personal Jurisdiction, Comparativism, and Ford (April 9, 2021). 51 Stetson Law Review 187 (2022) (symposium), Available at SSRN:

Scott Dodson (Contact Author)

UC Hastings Law ( email )

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