In an increasingly globalized world, lawyers are often confronted with international disputes. This course offers the opportunity to become familiar with the national, international and European rules that govern international litigation in civil and commercial matters. Through several practical examples, it will present, from a transnational and comparative perspective, issues that frequently arise before state courts around the world, such as international jurisdiction, lis pendens, forum non conveniens, anti-suit injunctions, class actions, judicial cooperation in civil matters, and the recognition and enforcement of civil judgments. The first part of the course will be mainly devoted to rules of Swiss and European law (Lugano Convention, Brussels I Regulation). The second part of the course will focus on specific issues presented with a wider comparative approach (such as choice of court agreements, measures of interim relief, parallel proceedings, litigation in common law jurisdictions).
6 ECTS credits