A Global Law of Jurisdiction and Judgments: Views from the United States and Japan

Kevin M. Clermont, Cornell Law School


The final version of this article has been published in: Cornell International Law Journal, vol. 37, no. 1 (2004).

Japanese and U.S. legal systems, despite surprisingly similar doctrine and outlook on matters of jurisdiction and judgments, often clash: jurisdictions overlap and judgments may go unrespected, while parallel proceedings persist. The current outlook for harmonization through a multilateral Hague convention of general scope is bleak. These two countries are, however, ideally situated to reach a highly feasible bilateral agreement that would provide a better tomorrow in which jurisdiction was allocated appropriately and judgments were respected accordingly.