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As companies merge across borders and sell their products, services, and securities worldwide, private disputes are increasingly becoming transnational, meaning that they are litigated in multiple jurisdictions, raise complex issues of international or foreign law, or involve litigants from multiple countries. These transnational disputes bring with them a unique and specific set of problems and solutions, such as figuring out whether to litigate or seek some alternate form of dispute resolution to avoid litigating in a foreign court, which country and court to litigate in, which country’s law to apply to the dispute, and how to prove issues of foreign law to the court. It is vital that young lawyers are familiar with these complex issues. This course will introduce law students to the customs, statutes, and legal principles that govern such transnational disputes, with a specific focus on the litigation of cross-border disputes within Ireland, the European Union, and the United States.
Any aspect of this module may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.