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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter explores the contribution of law and economics to conflict of laws, including choice of law, personal jurisdiction, and judgment recognition and enforcement. Consistent with developments in the literature, the majority of discussion focuses on choice of law, or how best to allocate sovereign authority over governing law when private disputes involve people or events that span multiple states or nations. The tension between private and state interests and the contributions of jurisdictional competition are considered, as is state incentives to cooperate, harmonize, and/or reciprocate in each of the substantive areas covered. Both federalism and international relations issues are briefly discussed.

Keywords: choice of law, conflict of laws, judgments, jurisdiction, jurisdictional competition, harmonization, reciprocity

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