Michael D. Ramsey

              Professor of Law, University of San Diego Law School

International Civil Litigation, Fall 2014 Course Webpage




Class Meetings:    Monday & Wednesday, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Office Hours:     1:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Monday and Wednesday, Room 319, Warren Hall


Textbook:  Gary Born & Peter Rutledge, International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts (5th edition, Aspen, 2011).

Additional assignments may be made from materials available on-line.





This space will be used for announcements regarding class cancellations, make-ups, optional events of interest, and other updates regarding the course schedule.





This space will be used to post assignments for each class meeting; these assignments will also be announced in class.  After the first assignment, assignments will be keyed to the course Reading Lists.  The Reading List for Unit 1 is posted below.


Assignment for Monday, September 15, 2014


Reading List Part II E & F

Review FSIA Sections 1605(a) and 1605A


We will begin with a discussion of Saudi Arabia v. Nelson from the prior reading.


Assignment for Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Reading List Part II D (focus on Argentina v. Weltover and FSIA Section 1605(a)(2))

Also, look at 28 U.S.C. Section 1330


We will begin class by applying the prior reading to Hypothetical #3


Assignment for Monday, September 8, 2014


Reading List Part II.A, B & C

(Note: this includes the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [FSIA], 28 U.S.C. Sections 1602-1605, which must be found online)

ICL Hypothetical Version #3 (available below)


We will begin with a concluding discussion of Daimler v. Bauman; please re-read that case.


Assignment for Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Reading List Part I.D

ICL Hypothetical Version #2 (available below); assess in light of the Part I.D reading

Reading List Part I E & F


No class Monday, September 1, 2014 (Labor Day)


Assignment for Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Reading List Part I.C (together with Part I.A & B from the previous assignment).

Consider how to argue for (and against) personal jurisdiction in the hypothetical.


Assignment for Monday, August 25, 2014 (first class meeting):


(1)  Download “ICL hypothetical – version #1” (available below) and be prepared to discuss the following:


What legal issues may be posed by the transnational aspects of the dispute described in the hypothetical (that is, litigation issues aside from the merits of the client’s claim)?  Try to identify at least three potential barriers to a successful outcome for your client.  Consider what additional facts you might want to investigate that implicate these sorts of issues (as distinct from the merits of the case).


(2)  Read pp. 81-91 and 108-137 of the text book, with focus on the Helicopteros and Adams cases & related notes on pp. 117-129.  For many people this material may seem familiar from Civil Procedure. Consider it with particular focus on transnational litigation.  Why do these issues matter so much more in transnational litigation than they do in domestic litigation?






Assignment for first class meeting (Aug. 25, 2014)

Reading List -- Unit 1 (Suing Transnational Defendants)


ICL Hypothetical Version 1

ICL Hypothetical Version 2 (for 9/3)

ICL Hypothetical Version 3 (for 9/8)

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